CUT THE RIBBON, THE WOELFEL BROTHERS

Posted on November 26, 2012 by admin

Boom box, ghetto blaster, jam box, portable radio cassette player.  In 1975 the first boom box was invented by the Woelfel Brothers. It was a wooden box with speakers and an eight track car stereo system that could also play the local radio station. Thought out the years, the  idea caught on, and boom boxes started to be commercially available. In the 1980s, it became a staple among hip-hop culture. It was a craze for teenagers and thereafter it was modified several times to make it more powerful, attractive and handy. The original rectangular shape, the sharp edges and chrome appearance, the powerful speakers, amplifiers, radio tuner and cassette player were among its features. The boom box invention has added a lot to the music world. In the 1990s it even started evolving to play CDs as well. Nowadays, boom boxes are replaced by the smaller MP3 players but the reminiscence of LL cool J images with the rectangular-shaped-box are an evergreen. Continue Reading →