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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Hi-Fi Boombox: 1954

Hi-Fi Boombox: 1954

"A novel idea for the audiophile who likes his music wherever he is. A household teacart can be used as a mobile carrier for any combination of audio gear." December 1954. View full size. Ektachrome by Ken Schmid Studio. Components: Regency HF-150 high fidelity amplifier, Webcor "Diskchanger," Jensen "Duette" reproducer. More from the original press release from Regency Inc.: "Most homemakers are used to wheeling their cleaning equipment with them from room to room -- why not do the same for the entertainment unit that helps to lighten her tasks as much as her vacuum cleaner or her floor waxer? Pictured are the essential ingredients for a simple portable hi-fi system that can be moved from room to room with ease. The idea is of interest to the audio dealer as an unusual and salable merchandising gimmick and to the audiophile as a convenient method of mounting standard components to provide portability to his hi-fi system. Before our eagle-eyed reader-technicians swamp us with letters pointing out the missing interconnections, may we say that Mrs. Audiophile has just been surprised with this exciting Christmas present from Hubby and he refuses to hook it up until he gets outside of his turkey dinner."

 

Love that countertop

What I wouldn't give for that turquoise Formica countertop with stainless trim!

Toobs

I have 3 of those amps, just revived one last week. Regency made some decent products. This ad will look very cool with all the old tube gear!

Missing

She may be wearing high heel pumps but you'll notice that she's not missing the ultimate home maker accessory, the June Cleaver model string of pearls. Maybe her husband spent the pearl money on that contraption.

Manic or...

I think that manic look on her face is actually a grimace of pain from cooking Christmas Dinner in those high-heeled pumps.

Kitchen Intruder

Oh my, how did you get into my upstairs kitchen? The cabinets, jello molds, floor tiles and most of the appliances are the same. Now I feel so old!!! Now I know when it was last updated. This is a great site.

Hi-Fi

I know a person that has one of those Jensen speakers...had it hooked up to his TV for years. That is a Regency amplifier. Regency electronics are perhaps better known for their police scanner type radios. Early on, they were in the hi-fi business to some extent, with mostly west-coast distribution. The turntable is spring-mounted to the turntable base, thus isolating it somewhat from vibration, and the heavy weight of the period tone-arm and cartridge, probably around 10 grams or more would pretty much eliminate the possibility of the record skipping a groove. In any case, that speaker system was rather "modest" in bass output.

Jensen Duette

The speaker is a Jensen Duette

http://www.hifilit.com/hifilit/Jensen/1955-4.jpg

Don't know what the amp is, might be a Dukane

[Or could it be a Regency HF-150? Since that's what the caption says. Dave]

Is that a tube amp?

There's a kind of renaissance for those amps but to connect them to the newer stuff..

Thank you

Your Fred Waring reference just made my day a little bit happier. Thank you!

Feedback

Pretty big speaker, considering you can't play that unit loudly. The vibrations would go straight up the cart and down the needle... FEEDBACK CITY! Us older folks know to keep the speaker(s) isolated from the turntable.

[It does look kind of precarious. Although when I was a kid my dad had the R channel speaker (Acoustic Research AR-3) in a cabinet on a shelf six inches above the turntable (Empire Troubadour) and there was never a problem with feedback. Served him well from 1961 until about 10 years ago. - Dave]

She looks a bit manic, eh?

"If I have to listen to Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians sing Silver Bells one more time, I am going to drop the Roast Beast on that f---ing turntable!"

Nice Pic

What do you figure the copyright info is for this image?

iPod Hi-Fi

Separated at birth? http://www.apple.com/ipodhifi/

The color?

Is that really Ektachrome? It almost looks like a colorized B&W print.

[It's a scan of a four-color litho made from an Ektachrome transparency. - Dave]

The lady even has

a dishwasher, formica counter tops, and aspic/jello molds galore - a regular '50s time capsule. But the turkey looks rather pathetic. Or is it a shank of ham?

Not Harsh Anyone's Buzz...

... But where the hell is that thing plugged in?

["Does anyone read the captions??" - Dave]

Is that how The Mashed

Is that how The Mashed Potato started (the dance)?

That's no Ipod.

Oops, I spilled mashed potatoes on the record player...

 
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