Two things that aren’t seen often these days: A worker splicing copper cables and a boombox.
In the post-digital era, folks are more likely to connect with music via headphones, a streaming service and a bluetooth, cellphone or Wi-Fi signal.
Listeners can be insulated in an individualized world, songs unspooling based on preference-based input.
The boombox was the last roar of the analog era. It was likely to be tuned to a radio station or play a hand-assembled mixtape.
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It was an unapologetic portable party loud enough to entertain or annoy everyone on the street corner or beach campfire ring.
Battery power untethered the unit, and the visual design included a handle, speakers and enough knobs and switches to put an airline cockpit to shame. Often the plastic was fashioned to look like chrome.
One unit even came with a motion detector alarm built in to deter thieves.
My first cars lacked tape decks or sometimes even a radio. An hours-long road trip required fresh batteries, a travel case of a dozen mix tapes and, of course, a boombox.
That boombox outlived several cars.
The JVC RC-M90, featured on the cover of LL Cool J’s debut album, “Radio,” is highly sought after. One is currently listed on eBay for more than $3,000, including shipping.
Perhaps your earbuds will be just as valuable in 30 years.