On View
1968 & Beyond Gallery
A Changing America: 1968 and Beyond
Manufactured by
Tecsonic, South Korean
Used by
Nunn, Bill, American, 1952 - 2016
Signed by
Lee, Spike, American, born 1957
Owned by
Gene Siskel, American, 1946 - 1999
Subject of
Public Enemy, American, founded 1982
plastic, metal, wire, cloth, pressure-sensitive tape, ink
H x W x D (2014.270.2.1a Handle Up): 19 1/2 × 31 1/4 × 9 in. (49.5 × 79.4 × 22.9 cm)
A Promax Super Jumbo boombox (2014.270.2.1a) used as a prop by the character Radio Raheem in the Spike Lee directed picture, "Do the Right Thing". The boombox includes a dual audio casette tape deck, an equilizer section, radio dial, colored light display, and a pair each of 8" subwoofers, midranges, and tweeters. There are sections of red, yellow, and green electical tape with black ink text on the sides and top of the player. There are also rectangular black, green, and yellow "Public Enemy" stickers adhered to both sides of the player. On the lower back of the boombox is handwritten text in gold ink reading [BROOKLYN, N.Y. / 3/17/90 / To Gene / RADIO RAHEEM LIVES / LOVE, Spike Lee / "FIGHT THE POWER"]. There is a metal handle attached to the top of the player, around which two braided bracelets (black-and-white 2014.270.2.1b, colored 2014.270.2.1c) and multi-colored printed cloth (2014.270.2.1d) have been tied. The "rewind" button on the proper right tape deck has fallen off (2014.270.2.1e). The boombox had an audio cassette in the proper right deck (2014.270.2.2), titled "JAZZ CLUB / Vocal". The cassette is off-white with black text and is printed with track titles, manufacturing information, and serial number.
Place used
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Props and Set Design
audio equipment
Hip-hop (Music)
Urban life
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.

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