Cassette Tape Recorder

Description (Brief)
This portable cassette recorder was designed by the noted industrial designer John Vassos (1898-1985). Born in Romania to Greek parents, Vassos came to the US in 1919 and began studying design. Famous for his modernist designs, he contributed to establishing the look of radios and televisions after going to work for RCA in 1933.
This recorder is one of his later projects but shows the clean lines and relative simplicity of the controls Vassos was known for. The recorder also shows how styles had changed since the streamlined designs of the 1930s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
recording device
tape recorder
date made
ca 1972
Radio Corporation of America
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 8.5 cm x 29.5 cm x 21 cm; 3 3/8 in x 11 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
model 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 Paul Johnes
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