Wire Recorder [Webster]

Webster-Chicago, Manufacturer

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Maker and Role
Webster-Chicago, Manufacturer
Production Date
This “electronic Memory” wire recorder ‘Model 288-2R’, was made by Webster, Chicago, Illinois, USA, c1948. HOW IT WORKS: The recorder placed two poles (- & +) of the record-replay head, on the same side of the wire, so that whilst the wire was fed from one spool to the other it was magnetised along its length. Tape recorders appeared in large numbers in the early 1950’s, and were superior in many ways to the wire recorder, and so the wire recorder faded into obscurity. (210-240 volts AC, 60 cycles, 55 watts). Unit consists of a large red leather box with a sloping front and a carry handle on one side. It comes with a matching lid.
Processed Material/Metal
Processed Material/Synthetic/Plastic
Signature/Marks and Type
RMA 375
Chicago 39, Ill. U.S.A.
Licensed under Armour Patents Maker's Plate
Accession No
Credit Line
Webster-Chicago. 1938. Wire Recorder [Webster], 1982.596. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).

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