A-1 Talking Book Machine


Accession Number: 2018.3

Description: Yellow plastic case with faux leather finish, with removable hinged lid, speaker is stored in lid with wire running into back of base; lid has spring-loaded latch in front center; cast into lid, "National Library Service/for the Blind and/Physically Handicapped/A-1/The LIbrary of Congress"; black plastic swiveling carrying handle on front, power cord stored in recess on back; headphone and earphone jacks on lower right side; 9" turntable covered with a black rubber mat; boxy black aluminum tone arm on right; a spring loaded latch beneath the arm will lock it in place during transportation; depressing the front of the tonearm raises the stylus and lowers a foot, the foot detects the rim of a record as the tone arm is moved left, and releasing the tone arm lowers the stylus to the record; front of the base is angled and has two banks of controls: slider switches control tone, volume, and variable speed; rocker switches control power and base speed; serial number on tag on base, "06598".

Height: 6.375

Width: 14

Depth: 14.5

Date Made: 1989

Place of Origin: Blue Earth, MN

Collection: APH Collection

History/Provenance: APH Collection

Credit Line: Museum Collection, 2018.30.

Subjects: Talking book machines Talking books Phonographs Reading devices for the disabled Assistive technology

Dimension Notes: overall, closed

Made: Telex Communications, Inc.

Material: Plastic, rubber, aluminum

Updated: 02/22/2019