The Portable Radio in American Life

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University of Arizona Press, 1991 - Science - 259 pages
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As an artifact of culture, the portable radio is an unusual but perfect subject for investigation by archaeologist Schiffer. Seeing the history of everyday objects as the history of the life of a people, he shows how the portable radio has reflected changes in American society as surely as clay pots have for ancient cultures.
 

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Contents

The Origin of Everyday Things
1
Capturing Invisible Waves
6
Wireless Technology Comes of Age
17
Custodians of the Cultural Imperatives
32
The Radio Craze
48
Birth of the Boom Box
63
Radio Gears Up for a Golden Age
87
A Portable Depression
100
Childs Play
153
Revolution in Miniature
161
Shes My Transistor Sister
179
Made in Japan
202
The Triumph of Cryptohistory
224
Selected Bibliography
233
Illustration Credits
241
General Index
245

The Portable Radio Revival
117
A Parade of PostWar Portables
133

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