Reel-to-Reel Tape Recorder

Description (Brief)
Nippon Electric Company (NEC) produced this reel-to-reel tape recorder around 1962. Japanese industry took advantage of the post-World War II rebuilding effort to modernize their factories and enter markets for high-technology devices. Many of these devices used transistors in place of older vacuum tube technology. Modern, efficient factories and low labor costs made Japanese products price competitive with American products. This recorder has an inexpensive plastic case and operates with seven transistors.
Currently not on view
Object Name
tape recorder
recording device
date made
ca 1962
Nippon Electric Co.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 7 cm x 14 cm x 24 cm; 2 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 9 7/16 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 F. C. Harding
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