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Philips Portable Radio

Late 1950s

Philips, a Dutch company founded in 1891, is today a worldwide brand, producing various electrical products. Originally starting manufacturing radios in the early 1900s Philips founded its own radio station in the Netherlands in 1927 which continued until the German invasion in 1940.


This portable radio from the late 1950s was produced in a style that continued in radio design for the next 30 years.


Philips created the world’s first combination radio and cassette player in 1969. It became hugely popular in the 1970s and 1980s, commonly known as the ‘Ghettoblaster’ or ‘Boom-box’.