Reel-to-Reel Wire Recorder

Reel-to-Reel Wire Recorder

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Description (Brief)
In 1945 William Lear purchased a license from the Armour Research Foundation and made wire recorders like this “Dynaport” unit. The Dynaport combined a wire recorder with a disk record player. The user could play records and make a wire recording of the contents. Users could also connect the Dynaport with a radio and record programs off the air.
The Dynaport did not sell well and Lear turned his attention to other products like small business jets. Years later he redesigned a tape cartridge system and became a driving force in the introduction of 8-track tape players for automobiles.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
wire recorder
recording device
date made
ca 1948
date ordered, given, or borrowed
1981-01-15
maker
Lear, Inc.
location of prior holder
United States: California
Physical Description
plastic (part material)
metal (recorder material)
felt (part material)
glass (part material)
Measurements
recorder: 22 cm x 38.5 cm x 36 cm; 8 11/16 in x 15 3/16 in x 14 3/16 in
power amplifier: 17 cm x 17 cm x 37.5 cm; 6 11/16 in x 6 11/16 in x 14 3/4 in
ID Number
1984.0901.01
accession number
1984.0901
maker number
175
catalog number
1984.0901.01
Credit Line
from John R. and Helen E. Payne
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Communications
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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