Magnetic Belt Recorder

Description (Brief)
Recording machines designed for dictation have used many different formats over the years. This “Time-master” unit made by Dictaphone Corporation used a 3.5-inch wide belt coated with a magnetizable material. Sold as “Dictabelt Records” in a pack of 10, these belts were stronger than regular, thin plastic recording tape.
This machine was used in the office of historian Daniel J. Boorstin when he served as director of the National Museum of History and Technology. The unit includes a loudspeaker, two different types of foot-pedal controls, and a “Twin Ear” head set.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dictaphone
recording device
dictating machine
date made
ca 1955
maker
Dictaphone Corporation
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
vinyl (overall material)
Measurements
dictaphone: 11.4 cm x 33 cm x 26.7 cm; 4 1/2 in x 13 in x 10 1/2 in
speaker: 11.4 cm x 14 cm x 18.4 cm; 4 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 7 1/4 in
pedal control 1: 5.8 cm x 18.4 cm x 17.8 cm; 2 5/16 in x 7 1/4 in x 7 in
pedal control 2: 4.1 cm x 15.25 cm x 15.25 cm; 1 5/8 in x 6 in x 6 in
pedal control 3: 4.1 cm x 15.25 cm x 15.25 cm; 1 5/8 in x 6 in x 6 in
headset: 19 cm x 15.25 cm x 2.5 cm; 7 1/2 in x 6 in x in
ID Number
2010.0125.07
catalog number
2010.0125.07
accession number
2010.0125
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Communications
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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