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Flashback Friday: 1950s Portable Radios

by Sean P. Aune | December 20, 2013December 20, 2013 11:00 pm PST

With Christmas almost upon us, I wanted to dig up something along that theme and stumbled across this gem of a radio commercial from the 1950s. Who wouldn’t want to carry a “personal radio” around that was larger than most purses?

A few months back I shared my personal Spirit of ’76 radio with all of you in this column. I commented on how large it was to only play AM radio compared with gadgets of today. Jump back another 20 years or so and you can see how technology had advanced. Technology, no matter what field it is in, always moves to get smaller. I am sure there were folks who received this Skylark for Christmas in the 1950s who were blown away by the size of my radio in 1976.

FM radios have been showing up with increasing frequency in smartphones, and you think about the fact it is now squeezed into a device that does dozens of other things, and it’s even crazier how far we have come.

But, I’m sure someone way back when was quite happy to wake up on Christmas morning to find this under their tree. Who knows what you will receive this year that 50 or 60 years from now someone in that day and age will go, “Wow, I can’t believe they used to have gaming consoles that big!” (I’m looking at you Xbox One!)

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...