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That's Entertainment: 1927

That's Entertainment: 1927

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1927. "Auto campers." One day, kid, your car will have a built-in phonograph. National Photo glass negative. View full size.


Chrysler's "Highway HiFi Phonograph"

It was available as an option on late 1950's models from all Chrysler divisions. Not perfect, but a nice try!

The record

Is a "scroll" label Victor, designed and originated in late 1925 to coincide with the advent of the electrical recording process which greatly enhanced the sound. The "VE" at the 12:00 and 6:00 positions stands for Victor electric. For a time, the same recordings from this early era had both the earlier batwing label as well as the newer one depending upon when they were pressed. Alas, I can't tell the make of the machine, but it is definitely not one of the many models of Victrola suitcase portables.

No Bananas

That crank-up portable phonograph is a real chick magnet. Don't believe me, just watch the 1954 film "Sabrina".

How little things change

When we went camping in the fifties - thirty years after this photo - we had a Colman stove just like the one on the far right and camping chairs to match as well. No wind up record player though!

It's a Chrysler

Could be any year model from 1924-27 as they all had quite a resemblance in those days, but the winged radiator cap was a distinctive Chrylser point of identification.

Fair Warning!

Having had the unpleasant experience just a month ago of a collapse while sitting on one of those camp stools, I note the right joint under the phonograph is working loose and needs attention.

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