Popular Culture

Image features a spherical red portable television with a convex screen at the front, sitting on a square base. Chromed metal control knobs and a chain for hanging and carrying the set are housed in an indentation at the top, with a telescoping antenna to the right. Please scroll down to read the blog post about this object.
One Small TV Set for Man, One Giant Leap for Pop Culture
The Videosphere portable television is one of the late twentieth century’s most iconic electronic devices. Manufactured by JVC from 1970 through the early 1980s, it renders the postwar preoccupation with space exploration in plastic and acrylic—modern materials perfectly suited to the Videosphere’s cosmic aesthetic. The TV was designed to be versatile and mobile: it rotates 360° on...
Algol 11 before Apollo 11: Sapper and Zanuso’s TV Set for Brionvega
During the 1950s and 1960s, television was a cultural force both in America and abroad. Milestones that included the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II were broadcast across the world. Variety and music shows, which included “Ready Steady Go!” and “The Ed Sullivan Show,” drew youth to watch their...