Sharp QT 50 Portable Radio Cassette Player, 1986

Summary

In the early 1980s Japanese electronics manufacturers began to develop a sense of how to shape American tastes in design, terming their approach "lifestyle design." This boombox represents the first example of a Japanese electronics firm tapping into the international trend toward postmodernist design. It references 1930s American streamline design, while simultaneously drawing inspiration from 1950s American vernacular design.

In the early 1980s Japanese electronics manufacturers began to develop a sense of how to shape American tastes in design, terming their approach "lifestyle design." This boombox represents the first example of a Japanese electronics firm tapping into the international trend toward postmodernist design. It references 1930s American streamline design, while simultaneously drawing inspiration from 1950s American vernacular design.

Artifact

Radio receiver

Date Made

1986

Creators

Sharp Electronics Corporation 

Place of Creation

Japan 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2009.109.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic
Metal

Color

Peach (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 5 in

Width: 16 in

Length: 3.5 in

Inscriptions

On front: SHARP/ STEREO RADIO CASSETTE RECORDER/ QT-50/ POWER/ FM/ STEREO/.../ In front of dialing wheels: VOLUME/ BALANCE L R/ TONE LOW HIGH/ FM MODE/ BAND/ TUNING On silver label on back: SHARP MODEL NO. QT-50(P)/ STEREO RADIO CASSETTE RECORDER/ AC 120V 60 MHz 9W/.../ SERIAL NO. 51214346 ®/ SHARP ELECTRONICS CORPORATION MADE IN JAPAN/.../ On teal sticker: SHARP®/ AUTO STOP/ SOFT EJECT AC/DC/ Cue & Review System On pink sticker: SELECTED/ FASHION/ FOR YOU

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