Zenith Portable Phonograph, Model FP-6VA, circa 1962

Summary

Today, we think of portable music devices as something that can be carried in a pocket. Until the rise of the Walkman in the 1980s, mobile media players where people could select their own music usually meant bulky devices with a convenient handle attached. Zenith was a key client of Mel Boldt & Associates, designers of this player.

Today, we think of portable music devices as something that can be carried in a pocket. Until the rise of the Walkman in the 1980s, mobile media players where people could select their own music usually meant bulky devices with a convenient handle attached. Zenith was a key client of Mel Boldt & Associates, designers of this player.

Artifact

Phonograph

Date Made

circa 1962

Creators

Mel Boldt and Associates 

Zenith Radio Corporation 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Designed by Mel Boldt and Associates and made by Zenith Radio Corporation.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

90.438.94

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mel Boldt and Associates.

Material

Felt (Textile)
Copper alloy
Plastic (Organic material)
Rubber (Material)
Vinyl
Iron alloy

Color

Red

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 10.5 in

Length: 13 in

Inscriptions

front and inside lid: Zenith turntable: UL 112 Volts 60 Cycles Model FP-6VA 45 Watts 145 Amps Zenith Radio Corp. Chicago, Illinois 78 45 33 dials: Tone Volume

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