Webster-Chicago Model 80 Wire Recorder, circa 1947

Summary

During the prosperous years following World War II, sound recording was a creative, experimental field. Wire recorders used magnetized steel wire to record and play back sounds--music, dictation, and so on. Magnetic wire and magnetic tape were both in use during the 1940s and 50s. Webster-Chicago was a leading manufacturer of both wire recorders and reel-to-reel tape recorders.

During the prosperous years following World War II, sound recording was a creative, experimental field. Wire recorders used magnetized steel wire to record and play back sounds--music, dictation, and so on. Magnetic wire and magnetic tape were both in use during the 1940s and 50s. Webster-Chicago was a leading manufacturer of both wire recorders and reel-to-reel tape recorders.

Artifact

Wire recorder

Date Made

circa 1947

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

74.101.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Joseph Brooks

Material

Metal
Plastic

Inscriptions

WEBSTER CHICAGO

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