I saw this amazing little device on the TV show “Pawn Stars” the other day, and it captured my imagination. This little device is a portable record player. It played full-sized 78-rpm records, and was powered entirely by a spring crank. The sound quality, as they demonstrated on the TV show, was terrible, but that was beside the point at the time. Now, for the first time ever, you could take music with you. A romantic picnic in the park, or a leisurely day at the beach (which, if we believe the media of the time, was all anyone did in the 1920′s and 30′s) no longer had to be occupied with the tedious trappings of conversation! Now, you could bring along some music and enjoy a bit of entertainment while you avoided talking to each other! This was the first example of the inter-gender interactions with which we are so familiar today! Think about it: portable music, poor sound quality from the built-in speaker, and the ability to distract from any conversation at hand? Why, this is the predecessor to the iPhone!