Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder

Description (Brief)
This portable tape recorder from Steelman Phonograph & Radio Company was produced during the early 1950s and featured miniature vacuum tubes in the circuits. Users found this recorder much easier to carry than earlier tape and wire recorders. While transistors accelerated miniaturization and portability in electronics, vacuum tube development had already made smaller and more portable devices practical. By the end of the 1950s however, this recorder was replaced by a transistorized design that used less power and was more rugged.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tape recorder
recording device
date made
ca 1960
Kleinerman, Ben
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
leather (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 9 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in x 3 in; 24.13 cm x 19.05 cm x 7.62 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog 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 Ben Kleinerman
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