Can You Hear Me Now?

Long before the CD, the cassette or the 8-track, there was the Dictaphone.  By today’s standards, it was large and had poor audio quality, but in its day, it was the office tool to have if you were running with the big boys. In the beginning, its only competition was the vinyl record, which won for better audio quality and distribution, but for onsite recording and playback, the Dictaphone was the tool to use until magnetic tape became the standard. 

This Dictaphone belonged to Joseph Brown, head of traffic for the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and is now part of the collection at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.
 

Long before the CD, the cassette or the 8-track, there was the Dictaphone.  By today's standards, it was large and had poor audio quality, but in its day, it was the office tool to have if you were running with the big boys. In the beginning, its only competition was the vinyl record, which won for better audio quality and distribution, but for onsite recording and playback, it was the tool to use until magnetic tape became the standard. Photo by Tim Stanley Photography.

 

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2 thoughts on “Can You Hear Me Now?

  1. I just love these old antiques. So full of great character and personality. I’ve actually never seen one of these before, although I have heard of them for sure. What a great great shot, Tim, I really enjoyed the picture and the information you posted here on it!

  2. Thanks Toad. That part of the museum is still being renovated, but the unfinished wall seems to add more character to the old Dictaphone.

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