Portable Phonographs – MOTOROLA Had It All Covered

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Portable phonographs – they were all the rage in 1958 and Zenith had everyone covered. Check out the models below – they were featured in the USA MOTOROLA Dealer Sales Catalog. The pages have been wonderfully preserved by Mark Meijster, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The Moppet - A fun-time partner for the youngsters!

The Moppet – A fun-time partner for the youngsters! The Miracle fabric covering wipes clean in seconds with a damp cloth and is scuff, stain, and scratch resistant.

The Playmate - Styled for the young and the young-at-heart!

The Playmate – Styled for the young and the young-at-heart! This Automatic 4-speed record changer has dual flip-over sapphire styli. Lets you Intermix different size records of the same speed.

The Musicmate - A new and completely captivating combination of radio and phono!

The Musicmate – A new and completely captivating combination of radio and phono! The exhilarating new concept of design is just right for today’s young moderns.

The Calypso - Hi-Fi in fiberglass! The bold new concept of design adds to the glamour of today and tomorrow!

The Calypso – Hi-Fi in fiberglass! The bold new concept of design adds to the glamour of today and tomorrow! High fidelity sound from 3 speakers, hi-fi amplifier and separate bass and treble controls. This portable was designed for people who were really going places.

The illustrations and graphic design on these pages are wonderful examples of the era – as are the colors (and their combinations) of the phonographs themselves.

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3 thoughts on “Portable Phonographs – MOTOROLA Had It All Covered

  1. Great to see these. It brings back memories of Christmas and New Years Eve parties with my Grandparents in the UK. As kids we were always amused by the ‘record player in a suitcase’ that Grandad set up in the living room along with a big box of records. I think it was a Decca model, it was a blue colour and had a very loud sound – as far as my young ears could tell back then 🙂

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  2. What memories in this … had a mini record player as a kid … similar to the Moppet. Looking at the picture – could remember the feel of that fabric.

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