Apples iPod, circa 1950


Rob says, "I thought you might get a kick out of this faux regency radio/iPod ad I made a couple of years ago for a contest." Follow the jump for a look at the full ad, along with one of my all-time favorite pocket radio snapshots.

The first commercial transistor radio -- the $49.95 Regency TR-1 -- was introduced in late 1954. Prior to the arrival of the pocket radio, the wireless was treated like a piece of furniture that sat in the living room, under the control of watchful and selective parents. Suddenly, the radio became a personal fashion accessory, much like the modern iPod. It’s no coincidence that the birth of rock n' roll came so soon after the invention of the transistor.