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Great boxes throughout history


What better way to pay homage to some of the greatest (and some not so great) boxes throughout history than this gallery from Vanity Fair, featuring everything from Pandora’s Box to the mailbox to the boombox, which provided the soundtrack of summer in city streets during the 1970s and ’80s.

On the topic of boomboxes, photographer Lyle Owerko became obsessed with these audio devices. He began these relics of a bygone era, eventually turning them into the book The Boombox Project: The Machines, the Music, and the Urban Underground. Owerko owns around 40 of these boxes, including Lasonics and Sanyos, JVCs and Crowns; his favorite is the GF9696. You can browse his photographs of these amazing boomboxes on his website. Sidebar: Owerko was previously best known for capturing the horrifying picture that would appear on the cover of Time Magazine after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

In the early days of YouTube, I randomly came across this video of a comedian I had never previously heard of but I instantly became a fan.

After losing a bet, this comic’s punishment was to roam the crowded streets and parks of New York while holding a boombox playing the “shittiest mixtape” ever. The result was absolute hilarity. This loser comic’s name? Aziz Ansari. You may have heard of him.