Sony Walkman II, circa 1982

Summary

Introduced in Japan in 1979 and in the US the following year, the Walkman allowed users to enjoy music while walking, exercising, or using public transport. It changed the way people enjoy music--providing a private experience in the midst of everyday life--encouraging a trend that escalated with the development of the iPod and other digital music players.

Introduced in Japan in 1979 and in the US the following year, the Walkman allowed users to enjoy music while walking, exercising, or using public transport. It changed the way people enjoy music--providing a private experience in the midst of everyday life--encouraging a trend that escalated with the development of the iPod and other digital music players.

Artifact

Cassette tape recorder

Date Made

circa 1982

Creators

Sony Corporation 

Place of Creation

Japan 

Your Place In Time
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Your Place in Time

Object ID

99.151.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of John Wright

Material

Plastic
Metal

Dimensions

Height: 4.25 in  (Cassette player)

Width: 1.125 in  (Cassette player)

Length: 3 in  (Cassette player)

Inscriptions

Cassette Player: SONY / STEREO / WALKMAN II / SONY WM-2 / CASSETTE PLAYER | BATTERY SUPPLY:1.5v x 2/IEC R6 JISUM-3 SIZE AA/SONY CORP./MADE IN JAPAN | STEREO CASSETTE PLAYER WM-2/SONY /TAPE/NORM/METAL Belt Clip: SONY / WALKMAN / 5 MADE IN JAPAN Headphone: SONY / WALKMAN / MADE IN JAPAN /R/L

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