Magnetic Sheet Recorder

Description (Brief):

This unusual magnetic recorder was used an a dictation machine in the 1960s. The recording medium is a letter-sized sheet coated with a magnetic powder. The round plate on the machine carried the read-write head and spins under the stationary sheet. One can then fold the recording and mail it to the recipient. The donor’s father owned a business equipment store and acquired this piece as a marketing demonstration. In this instance, the product did not succeed in the market.

Date Made: ca 1962

Maker: Riken Optical

Location: Currently not on view

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


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from Steven Lett

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2011.0101.01Accession Number: 2011.0101Catalog Number: 2011.0101.01

Object Name: recording devicedictating machine

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)vinyl (overall material)paper (overall material)glass (overall material)foam rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 10 1/4 in x 15 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 26.035 cm x 39.37 cm


Record Id: nmah_1405523

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