Tag: record players

The 1959 Symphonic Phonographs Catalog

The 1959 Symphonic Phonographs Catalog

Ephemera
While on vacation in Cape Cod recently, I brought a wad of cash to my favorite used book store and went nuts. In fact, I didn't purchase one book. Instead I walked away with a healthy stack of vintage magazines -- everything from old issues of Family Circle, The Saturday Evening Post, and Better Homes and Gardens to random fashion and auto magazines. And this, the 1959 Symphonic Phonographs catalog. Within these pages lies a bounty of vintage turntable models, all with that special late '50s beauty. You've got your sturdy and fashionable portable players, like the Junior and Sophomore models seen here... ... and you've got hefty models that double as furniture, as was the style back then, like the Symphony. You really can't go wrong either way I suppose. I have no idea
Retrotisement – Motorola Calypso turntable

Retrotisement – Motorola Calypso turntable

Retrotisements
Due to all these record covers I've been posting lately, I've got vinyl on the brain. A recent article I caught on CNN (which I'll discuss more in depth this week) covered the mini-resurgence of vinyl as an actual music delivery format. Fancy that! So let's take a quick trip back to the days when the record was king, and ads like this one from 1957 - for the nifty Motorola Calypso turntable - were ubiquitous. It's probably too small to see in its reduced size, but the record lying on the floor in the bottom right is simply titled "Pop Music." Awesome. I'm guessing the kitchen this swingin' party is being held in is stocked full of "Soda" and "Potato Chips." And I can't help but feel bad for the girl in the blue vinyl shoes, who must be so homely that the only dancing partn...