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 & Associates 

Zenith Radio Corporation 

Place of Creation

United States, Illinois, Chicago 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by Zenith Radio Corporation, designed by Mel Boldt & Associates.

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

90.438.94

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Mel Boldt & 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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