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Phono Runs on Spring or AC (Dec, 1947)

Phono Runs on Spring or AC
One drawback to the production of AC-DC-battery phonograph portables has been the lack of motors that would operate anywhere. Capitol Records, Inc., of Hollywood, combines an AC motor and a spring-drive mechanism with a three-way amplifier to get a truly portable record player.

Old Records Make Flower Bowls (Nov, 1931)

Old Records Make Flower Bowls

VERY artistic and serviceable fruit bowls, flower jars, and sewing baskets can be made from those old worn out phonograph records you have on hand. The first step is to dip the record in boiling hot water to soften the rubber composition. In this plastic state they can be bent to any shape you may desire, one of which is shown in the accompanying photo. When the bending operations are completed the records may be decorated with some ornamental design.

How PHONOGRAPH RECORDS are made (Feb, 1947)


THE silent black disk that makes noises when needled is chiefly shellac, lampblack and limestone. In its manufacture, however, pure gold, wax, glass, copper, nickel and sometimes chromium are used by the craftsmen who operate the intricate and delicate machines that squeeze sound into a scratch.

From beginning to end, the commercial manufacture of records is a tremendously exacting process. For example, 50 percent of the wax-coated glass disks on which the music is recorded are rejected before reaching the cutting room. The accompanying pictures tell the story.

Film Discs Replace Ribbon Film (Dec, 1932)

Film Discs Replace Ribbon Film

FILM discs replace ribbon film in a new type movie machine recently introduced. The device projects pictures from a film disc that greatly resembles a phonograph record. The disc measures 18 in. in diameter, which equals 1,000 feet of ordinary movie film. A unique optical arrangement allows the pictures to be transposed from standard sized motion picture films to be printed spirally on the disc.

Use Old Phonograph as Grindstone (Jul, 1932)

Use Old Phonograph as Grindstone
OLD phonographs can be made to do double duty by changing the turntable into a novel grindstone for sharpening knives, chisels and other small cutting tools.

This home-made sharpener is rigged up by cutting a piece of emery cloth of the circumference of the turn-table and slipping it over the revolving axis. When the motor is started, emery wheel turns.

The “TALKING MACHINE” Comes Back (Feb, 1941)

Next time you sit down in front of Pro-Tools to create your mash-up masterpiece, just remember: Real recording engineers use a blow torch, none of this namby-pamby software crap!


HOW would you like to make a record of your favorite radio program to play on your phonograph? Or reproduce an historic radio speech, or the voice of a friend singing to the accompaniment of a world-famous orchestra?

You can do all that and more with the latest all-purpose musical instrument, the combination radio, phonograph, and home recorder. Using the recorder attachment, you can collect and save the voices of children, reproduce music from the radio or from other phonograph records, and create music and dialogue for home movies. Your records will have almost the same quality as professional recordings and you can play them back on the phonograph as soon as you have made them. The disks cost as little as fifteen cents for a size that plays one and one-half minutes. Each record may be played a hundred times or more before it wears out.

Photograph Records Both Portrait and Voice (Sep, 1934)

Photograph Records Both Portrait and Voice
RECORDS of both the portrait and voice of subjects are the latest novelty photographs on the market in Germany.

The paper on which the photograph is printed is also grooved for phonograph recording. After the photograph is taken and the print is made, the subject can transcribe his voice on the photograph without damaging the picture.

The novelty photographs are especially valuable for sending “talking pictures” to friends and relatives in distant lands and cities. The photographs are of average size and carry a voice recording of approximately three minutes’ duration. The center is punched so that the record can be used on any phonograph.

Clock Phonograph (Oct, 1931)

Hmm, for some reason I don’t think these ever really cought on.

Clock Wakes Sleeper with Music

THE violent hatred which humanity has for alarm clocks, especially around the hours of daybreak, may be mitigated somewhat by the invention of a combination phonograph and clock which awakens a sleeper with the strains of music from his favorite orchestra or singer.

Both phonograph and clock motor is contained in a box the size of a large camera, and the hour for the morning serenade is set by knob as in an alarm clock. When out of use the case is folded up to make a neat and attractive table or mantel ornament.

Fire Alarm Talks Over Telephone (May, 1935)

Fire Alarm Talks Over Telephone
A PERFECT fire alarm, when heated, lifts a telephone receiver, dials the operator, informs her as to the exact location of the fire, and rings a guiding alarm.
The device is ingeniously controlled by a thermostat. When heated to the danger point, the thermostat sets the machinery in motion. A screw plate rises to lift the receiver, a metal finger dials the operator, and the phonograph starts repeating the directions, which, together with the loud gong, bring the firefighters directly to the scene.