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Dead medium: Timex Magnetic Disk Recorder
From: billb@savvy.com (Bill Burns)

Source(s): National Jeweler, October 1954 Scan of the recorder picture from the ad: http://ftl.savvy.com/images/timexdisc.jpg

(((Bill Burns remarks: I suspect this medium was still-born!)))

"New TIMEX Magnetic Recorder

"Less than 9 lbs. Complete == 9 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 4 7/8" high overall.

"Unit, complete with microphone, radio-phono cord, eraser magnet and one recording disc $59.95. Dealer cost $39.96

"Extra Attachments Available

"NOW == for the first time, a recorder with all of these features:

"Low cost
"Simple to operate
"Small size
"Plays 45 RPM records
"Discs can be folded and mailed
"Discs compact for storage

"This unique new magnetic disc recorder is especially suited to home and family use. It will record 'sound albums' of anniversaries, engagements, children's first words, birthday parties, correspondence in sound from distant friends and relatives. It will record direct from radio, phonograph and TV; and can be used for business recordings.

"The unit is as simple to operate as a standard record player; nothing to thread, no tape to break or tangle, no needles to wear out, no complicated controls, no accidental erasures.

"The recording discs, iron oxide on a plastic base, are extremely smooth, lightweight and flexible. They can be folded and mailed without damage == only first class postage required. Over 100 discs can be stored in the space required for one standard record album.

Bill Burns (billb@savvy.com)