Monday, November 12, 2007

Hi-Fi in Fiberglass! - The Motorola Calypso portable record player, 1957 print ad

'It looks and carries like an expensive overnight case!'

Yeah, but can you please pick the records up off the floor?

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'Do you like the two-tone Jamaican Sand and Ivory color combo on this model?'

Yes, I do, I do. It's a gorgeous player. I think I'd like to see it in the Caribbean Blue too. But seriously, those records...
... See, they're gonna get scratched or broken sitting on the floor like that - -

- - 'Motorola shaped the miracle fiberglass material into an almost acoustically perfect case...'

Uh-huh. See one of those dancing kids is gonna step on the records. And they're just - - sitting there, on that hard floor... What is that? Linoleum? Tile?
What - - are they having their little record hop in the kitchen?!? Yeah, I'll just bet THAT'S 'acoustically perfect'...

'Did you notice how even the lid on the player "baffles" and projects the sound like a bandshell?'

Listen, I'm gonna project YOU like a bandshell in a minute.
(sigh) Yes, I know it's none of my business how other people enjoy themselves.
Yes, I know all too well, I'm just an obsessive record-collector nerd, BE-LIEVE ME, I know...

...But for the love of God, CAN YOU JUST humor me, and PICK THE FREAKIN' RECORDS UP OFF THE FLOOR?!?. How hard is it? Put 'em on a table or something.
Gee, you could place them back in their sleeves, there's a thought. I won't even say a word if you don't handle them only by their damn edges. But PICK 'EM UP!!

RECORDS!!
OFF THE FLOOR!!
NOW!!!

3 comments:

ELLERY said...

HAHA! YEAH, I KNOW WHA TYOU MEAN ABOUT THE RECORDS ON THE FLOOR!
FUNNY STUFF, THOUGH. THANKS FOR THE BLOG, SIR.

ally. said...

never buy anything from a girl in knee length check shorts.
x

Jim Rockford said...

Silvertone (which was a Sears brand) also produced a line of Record players made from the space age wonder material *fiberglass*!
The Motorolas are very cool but seldom seen.they have bsr record changers which are unusual since most of the motorola models (as well as other brands) used changers made by the Voice of Music.
I am working on a 57 Motorola danish modern model that has this same bsr changer right now.
Its too bad that time period could have lasted forever.back then technology was fun and futuristic like the Jetsons.
Now its just ugly boring and geeky.

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