A Classic Music Device
Department stores such as Sears and K-Mart began using the boom box in their marketing as early as 1983. Merriam-Webster pins it at 1981, and defines the boom box as ‘a large portable radio and often tape player with two attached speakers.’
As the masses began to embrace this assemblage of electronics gadgets as an indespensible form of portable entertainment, it became an icon of popular culture…
The Vintage Boom Box Museum provides a retrospective, including photos, facts and accounts.