Collection by Diana Budds

Remember the Walkman? These Photos of Retro Sony Electronics Are a Blast from the Past


Celebrating six decades of innovation with a retrospective tome of Sony’s greatest hits.

There are certain products that can conjure an entire era with a single mention. Case in point: the Sony Walkman. The iconic portable audio player, which turns 36 this year, is just one of 89 game-changing gadgets featured in the new book Sony Design: Making Modern (Rizzoli, 2015). Two hundred and seventy-nine pages document the electronic brand’s history, from its origins in postwar Japan with the TR-63, the world’s first pocket-sized transistor radio, through Y2K-era robots and the Playstation gaming system to today’s paper-thin touchscreens. Expert essays and lavishly photographed products do more than tell the story of a company—they chart how the ways we consume media have changed over the past half century.

My First Sony Series Walkman, 1987.
KV-4P1 Micro Trinitron Color Monitor, 1980.
PV-100 all-transistor videotape recorder, 1963.
WM-F5 Stereo Cassette Player, 1983.
D-E01 Portable CD Player, 1999.
The cover of the book features the CUH-1000 Series Playstation 4 from 2013.