Reel-to-Reel Wire Recorder

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
Object Name
wire recorder
recording device
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Magnetic Recording
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Fred and Ginger Mitchell
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

4/2/2015 7:20:23 AM
Gaylord Ewing
I have a General Electric Model 51 Magnetic Wire Recorder and I'm currently trying to restore it to operation. I have several "reels" of recording wire that go with this wire recorder. I do need a schematic diagram for this wire recorder. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Best regards, Gaylord Ewing
9/21/2015 8:54:53 AM
Gaylord Ewing
The General Electric Model 51 Wire Recorder is nearing total operating condition. I did finally come across a schematic diagram for this wire recorder.. It should be Very Interesting to play back the spools of recording wires. I have several spools of recording wire for this G.E. Model 51 wire recorder.
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