Magnetic Belt Recorder

Description (Brief)
This Executary dictation machine was designed to allow people to record letters and other information for later transcription. Designs for dictating machines date back to Edison’s cylinder phonograph, and magnetic recorders were also adapted for this application as they became available. IBM introduced the Execuary in 1960 and used a magnetic belt as recording medium. Less likely to break than a thin tape, the belt could be folded and mailed to correspondents with similar machines. The unit could record two tracks, one for the dictation content and a parallel track for instructions to the transcriber.
Currently not on view
Object Name
recording device
dictating machine
date made
ca 1964
International Business Machines Corporation
Physical Description
steel (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 13 cm x 42 cm x 33 cm; 5 1/8 in x 16 17/32 in x 13 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church, thru Shirley Satterfield
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