Before all the wireless and touch screen technology that we're familiar with today, the world was filled with plenty of funky gadgets and gizmos that those born in the latter part of the 20th century might not recognize.
One decade in particular brought us some interesting and eccentric devices that paved the way for modern technology. The 1950s were more than just about poodle skirts, drive-ins and sock hops, it was the golden decade of pop culture heightened by the introduction of television sets in homes.
But despite this new medium for visual entertainment, radios were still extremely popular. One style in particular was all the rage among the kids of the 50s and early 60s.
Here's what it looked like:
Do you recognize it?
It's a Rocket Radio!
If you were a kid growing up in the 50s, chances are you owned one of these whimsical toys and you fell asleep listening to it. The Rocket Radio got power from crystal waves so it did not require batteries, electricity or transistors to operate.
The box came with the rocket-shaped radio, an antenna clip, earphones and an instruction sheet. Once the clip is attached, you would be able to clearly tune into plenty of local radio stations.
Not only were these well-made toys entertaining, they were also educational. They gave young children a glimpse into how radios work.
These vintage radios are no longer in production but you can find some on eBay and in collectible stores.
Did you own one back in the day? Let us know in the comments!