Barber - Portable music player 1921

Michael Savad

Westfield, United States

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Colorized photo from 1922
Original Title: Radio in Barbershop
Location: Unknown.

This early version of a portable radio was a gimmick to get money from patrons. It was simple to operate:

First: Place the headphone to your ear, set the dial to 50, then press the button, if you can hear music intermittently, then its working.

Second: Place a nickel in the slot and turn handle.

Third: Listen to music, when you see a red light turn on, place another nickel in the machine to avoid interruption.

It’s not known how long the music would play, but it was a unique thrill to listen to music while getting a haircut.

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