Reel-to-Reel Wire Recorder

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Description (Brief)
This GE wire recorder is a licensed copy of the Armour model 50 recorder designed and made for the U.S. military during World War II. Based on the work of Marvin Camras, Armour fabricated wire recorders at a small, specially-built plant until 1944. The demand for increased production of recorders led GE to begin production of the model 51.
The Armed Forces Radio Service used a variety of recording devices, including wire recorders, to bring programming to troops stationed around the world. This wire recorder used four vacuum tubes and ran on alternating current.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1945
General Electric Company
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
glass (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
average spatial: 37.5 cm x 27 cm x 32.5 cm; 14 3/4 in x 10 5/8 in x 12 13/16 in
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Credit Line
from Fred and Ginger Mitchell
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History