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.

5" Records - Old & New


I have a thing for novelty records.  Lots of folks have seen colored vinyl, picture discs, even flexible "sound sheets." These are pretty unusual, and as you might notice this group of records, these are all from different times.

The record in the top right corner is by a contemporary band and the record is the same size as a CD (it even fits in a CD's slipcase).  Below it is a musical shortie on a novelty music label (this one most resembles a regular record, but in miniature).  The lower left shows a cardboard record with a marching song by TV's Captain Kangaroo.  In my hand is a home recorded 78 rpm (imagine how short that recording is!) record with a gorgeous copper sheen.

The reason why you don't see many records this size is simple; they don't hold very much music.  On top of that, some automatic turntables have trouble playing records this small.  In the end, these mini records are exactly what they appear to be - cute!


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