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Objects that Changed the Way We Live

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In this collection, we'll explore everyday objects and their impacts on society. Students can begin by reading an illustrated essay from the National Museum of American History highlighting objects that capture several pivotal moments in innovation. Included in this collection are the clock, the iPod, the bicycle and the cellular phone. What other objects have changed the way we lived?

Eli Terry Mass-Produced Box Clock

National Museum of American History

Shelf Clock

National Museum of American History

iPod

National Museum of American History

iTunes Gift Card

National Museum of American History

Sony TPS-L2 "Walkman" Cassette Player

National Museum of American History

Woman on Bicycle

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Dynatac Cellular Telephone

National Museum of American History

Guide to Doing History with Objects

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access