Reel-to-Reel Wire Recorder

Description (Brief):

This GE wire recorder is a licensed copy of the Armour model 50 recorder designed and made for the U.S. military during World War II. Based on the work of Marvin Camras, Armour fabricated wire recorders at a small, specially-built plant until 1944. The demand for increased production of recorders led GE to begin production of the model 51.

Description (Brief)

The Armed Forces Radio Service used a variety of recording devices, including wire recorders, to bring programming to troops stationed around the world. This wire recorder used four vacuum tubes and ran on alternating current.

Date Made: ca 1945

Maker: General Electric Company

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Magnetic Recording, Communications


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from Fred and Ginger Mitchell

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1992.0438.01Catalog Number: 1992.0438.01Accession Number: 1992.0438

Object Name: wire recorderrecording deviceOther Terms: wire recorder; Transmission; Storage; Communications

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)glass (overall material)rubber (overall material)Measurements: average spatial: 37.5 cm x 27 cm x 32.5 cm; 14 3/4 in x 10 5/8 in x 12 13/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1115540

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