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.

Pete's Vintage Chinese Entertainment Center


Pete Verrando found this amazing AM radio/turntable at a massive Beijing flea market in 2005. He paid about $15 and discovered when he got home that it still had an old flexible vinyl record on the turntable, along with a pair of vintage batteries inside.

Pete explains, "The Dirt Market is a flea market or antique market. It is absolutely huge, and everything is old, used, vintage, antique. No new or mass produced items. When I was there in 2004-2005 everything was extremely cheap. They call it 'dirt market' because most items are sold from blankets on the ground, or, it may imply that the things sold are considered unwanted or not valuable by the sellers. I could have spent a week there."


This 1960s-era media center shows just how far Chinese manufacturing has progressed in 50 years. It incorporates a hand-cranked turntable along with a battery-powered AM radio, an ingenious combination that allows it to work without AC power. There are various audio outputs on the back panel, which Pete suggests means it was intended for classroom use.

Here's a video showing the turntable in action. I can't say I'd replace my iPod with this device, but it would definitely be an entertaining way to destroy an old Milli Vanilli single.

Chinese AM Radio with Spring Motor Record Player


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