Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Secret AM Radio Hidden Inside "Treasure Island" Book


Okay, so let's say that you're a spy.  Enemy agents have cornered you in the book nook of your underground lair.  While they're wringing their hands and laughing maniacally, you make your final request to finish the last chapter of the immortal classic "Treasure Island".

They chortle at your dying request, but indulge your yen for literacy this one last time.  You slip the thick book off of your shelf, open the cover, and subdue them with AM talk radio!

Okay, that actually didn't happen to me, but it's the most likely excuse I can think of for the existence of this strange novelty AM radio.   It's pretty small at approx 4" x 7"x 1.5", and is leather-bound and faux gilded to look like a real book.  It turns on when you open the cover.  I guess in the quest to make novelty radios that looked like absolutely everything (and there were a whole series of different book designs), this was at least sort of functional.  Perhaps for snobs who put on literate airs ("Funny how Johnson has been bringing the same book to the pool for three years...").

Peering into the guts of the thing, it has actual tubes inside!  I've since learned this this radio is a hybrid of tubes and transistors making it a rather rare specimen.  I'd almost fix the few solder breaks, but the battery requirements alarm me.  It requires an "A" sized mercury cell, and a 45V "B" battery, none of which sound healthy.  I think that I'll put the Crosley back on the bookshelf and when the enemy agents come, I'll just throw it at them.

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