Elgin Portable 8 Track AM FM Stereo Player, Model RT-5530, circa 1972

Summary

The popularity of the eight-track player was--much like the transistor radio--based upon its portability. While heavy, these players nonetheless offered a smaller footprint than portable record players, and could be carried and played while in motion without skipping. This particular player unfolded to reveal two speakers; its stereo sound was a nod to expensive high-fidelity equipment.

The popularity of the eight-track player was--much like the transistor radio--based upon its portability. While heavy, these players nonetheless offered a smaller footprint than portable record players, and could be carried and played while in motion without skipping. This particular player unfolded to reveal two speakers; its stereo sound was a nod to expensive high-fidelity equipment.

Artifact

Eight track player

Date Made

circa 1972

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

95.6.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Chromium
Copper alloy
Plastic (Organic material)
Rubber (Material)

Color

Blue
Black (Color)
Beige (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 10.625 in

Width: 6.625 in

Length: 9.5 in

Inscriptions

On one side: am-fm multiplex stereo/eight track stereo player; TRI-POWER On the reverse side: STEREO TONE/VOL.L./VOL.R./TUN. ELGIN/PROGRAM

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