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TPS-L2 Walkman Portable Cassette Player And Headphones

This is a Walkman Portable Cassette Player and Headphones. It was designed by Kozo Ohsone and Akio Morita and manufactured by Sony Corporation. It is dated 1979 and we acquired it in 2017. Its medium is molded plastic, aluminum, steel, polyurethane, electronic components. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Introduced in 1979, the Sony Walkman TPS-L2 was the world’s first portable music player. The design changed music listening habits forever, increasing music’s mobility. The device’s lightweight body and battery life made it popular with those active in the exercise craze of the 1980s and 1990s. The Walkman offered privacy due to the lack of an external speaker, but also encouraged sociability with a second earphone jack that made it possible for two people to share the music experience.

This object was donated by Robert Greenberg. It is credited Gift of Robert M. Greenberg.

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Its dimensions are

H x W x D (cassette player): 13 × 8.7 × 3 cm (5 1/8 × 3 7/16 × 1 3/16 in.) H x W x D (headphones): 16.5 × 14.2 × 4 cm (6 1/2 × 5 9/16 × 1 9/16 in.)

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TPS-L2 Walkman Portable Cassette Player And Headphones; Designed by Kozo Ohsone and Akio Morita; molded plastic, aluminum, steel, polyurethane, electronic components; H x W x D (cassette player): 13 × 8.7 × 3 cm (5 1/8 × 3 7/16 × 1 3/16 in.) H x W x D (headphones): 16.5 × 14.2 × 4 cm (6 1/2 × 5 9/16 × 1 9/16 in.); Gift of Robert M. Greenberg; 2017-51-4-a/c

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Bob Greenberg Selects.

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