RCA Victor CP-5203 Turntable

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Description
This model CP-5203 45 RPM turntable was manufactured by the RCA Victor Company around 1949. The black plastic motor-mount and turntable are housed in a wooden case with brass hinges and brass-plated corners. The turntable could be locked with the key; opening the case reveals a brass plate that reads “RCA Victor.” In 1947 RCA Victor introduced the “Berkshire” line of custom built combination radio-phonograph-television cabinets meant to serve as a home’s entertainment center. In 1949 RCA Victor introduced its 45 rpm format records and issued this 45 rpm turntable attachment to the Berkshire line to allow it to play the new format.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1949
maker
Radio Corporation of America
Physical Description
wood (housing material)
brass (hardware material)
plastic (parts material)
Measurements
overall: 8 in x 11 1/4 in x 8 1/2 in; 20.32 cm x 28.575 cm x 21.59 cm
ID Number
EM.330658
catalog number
330658
accession number
1978.0824
Credit Line
from Irving Kolodin
subject
Music
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"Available in cherry and maple, this player came with a magnetic cartridge and a large motor utilizing capacitor start. The maple model had no corner protectors but the handle was a massive construct."

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