Vtg Rca Victor Special Phonograph J. Vassos Portable Record Player Deco Aluminum
VTG RARE RCA VICTOR SPECIAL PHONOGRAPH JOHN VASSOS PORTABLE STREAMLINED RECORD PLAYER. CIRCA 1930’S ART DECO / MACHINE AGE. THE PLATTER DOES SPIN WHEN CRANKED. THE METAL PLATE THAT SITS OVER THE DECK. HAS LOST ITS SUPPORT, I BELIEVE THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN HELD UP. BY THE RECORD HOLDER POUCH, BUT THIS IS MISSING. THERE’S NO BATTERY. IT MEASURES 17″ X 15″ X 9. AS FEATURED IN MUSEUMS WORLDWIDE. Cooper Hewitt Museum: Brooklyn Museum, V&A London and others. Vassos, John, born 1898 – died 1989 (designer). Vassoss portable tabletop record player was light years away from the large cabinets commonly built to hold phonographs in the early 1900s. See the Slow/Fast dial for 33 and 45 rpm (revolutions per minute) records, and compartments for new (right) and used (left) needles. The new industrial material of aluminum made a smooth, lightweight, and stylish body. While working for RCA, Vassos also designed cases for the first television sets, which debuted in 1939. In 1933 designer John Vassos met a visiting RCA executive while he was working for WCAU, a flagship CBS radio station in Philadelphia. Vassos was hired to work on RCAs radio lines but his contributions quickly expanded and he executed graphic design assignments including a new corporate logo and sales displays, transmitter architecture, and produced a range of other consumer products such as this phonograph, one of his most well-known designs. In addition to radios, phonographs were new electronic appliances that facilitated entertainment in the 1930s. This phonographs novelty derived from its potential for portability, allowing music to travel where electrical cords could not reach. THE ORIGINAL CARTRIDGE IS MARKED. CRYSTAL UNIT BRUSH DEVELOPMENT COMPANY. Shure licensed Brush patents in order to make crystal microphones and phono cartridges. Brush Development Company Originally founded in 1919 by Charles Francis Brush Jr. Brush Labs was a research company based in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. It was started with the intention to develop phonograph products that utilized piezoelectric crystals. Brush died prematurely in 1927 but some of his work bore fruit, and his backers founded the Brush Development Company in 1930 to commercialize the inventions of Brush Labs. Due to their status in that market segment, Brush was chosen by the US Army to work on recording technologies during World War II. While the company continued to work on magnetic recording technologies. They also worked with Telefunken in the 40’s. Please check out my other items. PLEASE SEE PHOTOS IN ENLARGE MODE I’M NOT A COLLECTOR OF THIS KIND OF THING SO MY KNOWLEDGE IS LIMITED, HOWEVER, FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS, I’LL DO MY BEST IN ANSWERING THEM! The item “VTG RCA VICTOR SPECIAL PHONOGRAPH J. VASSOS PORTABLE RECORD PLAYER DECO ALUMINUM” is in sale since Monday, June 24, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone\Phonographs, Accessories\Victor Phonographs”. The seller is “clay-lady-ny” and is located in Ancramdale, New York. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: RCA
- portable: portable record player phonograph