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Ads by Year  1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 to Present Misc Pre 1946

 
Year
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History
1860 earliest audible record of recognizable human speech       Lincoln nominated as US President  
1865 BASF Founded       Lincoln assassinated US Civil War ends
1867 AGFA founded         Alaska purchased from Russia
1877

Edison Cylinder Phonograph Invented

records "Mary had a little lamb"     Pres. Rutherford B. Hayes sent troops in violent national railroad strike. Sitting Bull took his people into Canada as a sanctuary against an American reprisal on Little Bighorn
1878 Recording process described by Oberlin Smith The first music is put on record: cornetist Jules Levy plays "Yankee Doodle."     2nd Afghan war between Britain & Russia  
1883 AEG Founded       The Orient-Express began running between Paris and Constantinople The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, opened this year
1887 Emile Berliner is granted a patent on a flat-disc gramophone, making the production of multiple copies practical.       First American Golf Club  
1888 Edison introduces an electric motor-driven phonograph       National Geographic Society founded George Eastman introduces the Kodak No 1, a simple and inexpensive Box Camera
1891

Phillips Electronics founded

Alexander graham Bell demonstrates a stereo telephone transmission in Paris

      Pres. James A. Garfield shot in Washington, DC, July 2; died Sept. 19.  
1894 Stromberg-Carlson          
1895         Marconi achieves wireless radio transmission from Italy to America.  
1896         John Philip Sousa composed “Stars and Stripes Forever” on Dec. 25.  
1897         First Klondike gold arrived in San Francisco July 14  
1898

Valdemar PoulsenThe magnetic recording was demonstrated in principle as early as 1898 by Valdemar Poulsen in his Telegraphone. 1898 in Denmark, when Valdemar Poulsen developed a device to record sound on a steel wire.  

 

 

 

U.S. battleship Maine blown up Feb. 15 at Havana; 260 killed.

 
1899

Wollensak began

First multi-track? The Columbia Phonograph Company  sells a 3 horned cylinder phonograph using 3 separate tracks on the cylinder for $1,000

      Pianist Scott Joplin's “Maple Leaf Rag” was published, popularizing ragtime.  

1900

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        Eastman Kodak Co. introduced the Brownie camera, popularizing picture-taking. Poulsen's of the Telegraphone at the Paris International Exhibition of 1900.
1901 The Victor Talking Machine Company is founded by Emile Berliner and Eldridge Johnson       Texas had first significant oil strike, Jan. 10.  
1902        

Pres. McKinley was shot Sept. 6

Helen Keller autobiography appeared in serial form.

 
1903      

Henry Ford founded Ford Motor Co., June 16

1st successful flight in heavier-than-air mechanically propelled airplane by Orville Wright

American Telegraphone Company formed in Washington, D.C.
1904 Edison cylinder player     St. Louis hosted first Olympics in U.S., July 1-Nov. 23  
1905          
1906       San Francisco earthquake and fire, Apr. 18-19 Lee DeForest invents the triode vacuum tube, the first electronic signal amplifier.
1907 Bell & Howell incorporated       Financial panic and depression started Mar. 13.  

1908

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Edison ad       Henry Ford- Model T- $850  
1909         Adm. Robert E. Peary claimed to have reached North Pole  
1910           Enrico Caruso is heard in the first live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera, NYC
1911 New Edison Disc Phonograph       First transcontinental airplane flight  
1912

In October 1912 the Edison Diamond Disc Record was introduced

 

Musical instruments were among the first trademarked products sold in the U.S. An industry dispute between the American Piano Company and Knabe & Sons helped create America’s Trademark Law in 1912. NAMM        
1913        

The first "talking movie" is demonstrated by Edison using his Kinetophone process, a cylinder player mechanically synchronized to a film projector.

16th Amendment, authorizing federal income tax, ratified Feb. 3.

 
1914         Panama Canal opened First passenger on regular airline
1915 Presto Products Company founded (later became Presto Recording company in 1932)      

British ship Lusitania sunk May 7 by German submarine

First transcontinental telephone call

Thomas Edison lobbied for folks to answer phone with "hello."  Alexander graham bell was lobbying for "Ahoy, Ahoy"
 
1916

Cylinder Changer

Edison does live-versus-recorded demonstrations in Carnegie Hall, NYC

     

The Society of Motion Picture Engineers (SMPE) is formed.

Gen. John J. Pershing entered Mexico to pursue Francisco (Pancho) Villa

U.S. bought Virgin Islands from Denmark

 
1917 The Scully disk recording lathe is introduced.      

First jazz releases on cylinder kept the format going for awhile longer

 

US declares war on Germany April 6th

 
1918      

More than 1 mil American troops were in Europe by July

Influenza epidemic killed an estimated 20 mil worldwide

 
1919 Brush Development Company founded    

Garrard Engineering, a subsidiary of the British Crown jewelers, commenced manufacture of precision clockwork gramophone motors.

First transatlantic flight

 
1920   By 1920 most American homes were electrified    

First regular licensed radio broadcasting begun Aug. 20

19th Amendment ratified Aug. 18, giving women the vote

 
1921 AC bias      

Joint congressional resolution declaring peace with Germany, Austria, and Hungary

The first commercial AM radio broadcast is made by KDKA, Pittsburgh PA

 
1922         The first electrically recorded 78 rpm disks appear.  
1923        

record business became seriously depressed due to radio

First sound-on-film motion picture, Phonofilm, shown at Rivoli Theater, New York City, beginning in April.

 
1924 Dr Kurt Stille (1873-1957) develops a dictation machine using similar principles to the Telegraphone, recording on steel wire. It is manufactured by Vox Gramophone Company. First US Coast to Coast radio broadcast from Chicago to 4 million listeners    

Law approved by Congress June 15 making all Native Americans U.S. citizens.

Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) changes its name to International Business Machines (IBM
1925

Rheem Manufacturing Company

Roberts Recorders, Califone bought by Rheem in the 1960's.

The first electrically recorded 78 rpm disks appear

 

Bell Labs develops a moving armature lateral cutting system for electrical recording on disk. Concurrently they Introduce the Victor Orthophonic Victrola, "Credenza" model. This all-acoustic player -- with no electronics -- is considered a leap forward in phonograph design.

   

George Gershwin wrote Rhapsody in Blue.

wire recorder telephone answering/dictation machine called the Dailygraph

Ford Motor Company bought out the Stout Aircraft Company and began construction of the all-metal Ford Trimotor, which became the first successful American airliner.

RCA works on the development of ribbon microphones

1926        

O'Neill patents iron oxide-coated paper tape.

Congress established Army Air Corps July 2

 
1927 Dual turntables

Electro Voice founded

JVC founded

 

Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh left Roosevelt Field, NY, May 20 alone in plane Spirit of St. Louis on first New York-Paris nonstop flight.

The Jazz Singer, with Al Jolson, demonstrated part-talking pictures in New York City Oct. 6.

 
1928

Magnetophon founded

 

Fritz Pfleumer

magnetic tape

CBS founded

  Amelia Earhart became first woman to fly across the Atlantic, June 17  
1929 Akai founded The "Blattnerphone" is developed for use as a magnetic recorder using steel tape As the 1920s ended, “talkies” had put musicians out of work in the movie theaters, and the electric radio had dealt a deadly blow to the player piano industry. The final shock came in 1929 when the stock market crashed, pushing many in the music industry into ruin. NAMM  

“St. Valentine's Day massacre” in Chicago Feb. 14; gangsters killed 7 rivals

Stock market crash Oct. 29

 
Year
Cylinder/Disc
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History
History
1930 Brush Development Company is making crystals for phonograph pickups       ‘30s - ‘60s Scully dominated record lathe Bell Telephone Laboratories initiates a major research effort in magnetic tape recording
1931

Marconi-Stille

British Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company purchases the U.K. rights to the Stille patents

The Blattnerphone  another link

YouTube BBCBlattnerphone

Abbey Road Studios

Turner Microphones founded  

Empire State Building opened

Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion
1932         Franklin D. Roosevelt elected president 19-month-old Charles Lindbergh Jr. was kidnapped
1933 Marconi & BBC    

Magnetic recording on steel wire is developed commercially.

All banks in the U.S. ordered closed

Prohibition ended

Congress passed New Deal

Tennessee Valley Authority

Gold standard dropped by U.S.

1934  

Toschreiber b introduced 1934-35

See Page 13 - also BASF 6.35mm plasticized-paper tape with iron-oxide coating.

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    Securities and Exchange Commission created In 1934, a kid named Benny Goodman formed a band to bring “real jazz” back to the public. On the last set of a disappointing cross-country tour, a frustrated Goodman told his sidemen to let it “swing.” His audience at the Palomar Ballroom in Hollywood went wild, ushering in the swing era and big bands. Millions tuned in to chase away Depression-era blues. Names like Duke Ellington, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa became household words. Their fame encouraged thousands of young people to play an instrument.NAMM
1935 TDK Founded

Brush Development Corp created

 

   

The first Tape Recorder was shown off at the Radio Exhibition 1935 in Berlin. The "Magnetophon K 1" was made by AEG

BASF prepares the first plastic-based magnetic tapes.

Boulder Dam (later renamed Hoover Dam) completed

Social Security Act

Huey Long shot

1936    
First orchestra recording on tape
BASF makes the first tape recording of a symphony concert during a visit by the touring London Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir Thomas Beecham conducts Mozart. Margaret Mitchell published Gone With the Wind.
1937

Edison VoiceWriter

Universal Professional Disc recorder

The Marconi-Stille  

Astatic D-104

Brush BR25

Electro Voice 630, V-1, V-2 & V-3

Hindenburg exploded May 6 landing at Lakehurst, NJ.

Golden Gate Bridge opened, May 27.

Amelia Earhart, aviator, and copilot Fred Noonan lost July 2 near Howland Island, in the Pacific.
1938

Presto Model "D"

Universal Professional Disc recorder

Presto

Pioneer founded

Bruno Velotron A

Electro Voice 630, V-1, V-2 & V-3

Orson Welles radio dramatization of Martian invasion, War of the Worlds, Oct. 30, caused scare Seabiscuit beat War Admiral in match race of the century, at Pimlico track, MD, Nov. 1.

1939

 

Brush Development Company develops steel tape and coated-paper tape recorders Marvin Camras design for recording head   Shure 55 C Independently, engineers in Germany, Japan and the U.S. discover and develop AC biasing for magnetic recording. Albert Einstein alerted Pres. Roosevelt to A-bomb possibilities in Aug. 2 letter.
Year
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Mikes, Mixers,   Headphones
History
History
1940

Bruno Model "A"

Presto "G,""J" & "Y" disc recorders

Rek-O-Kut

Speak-O-Phone

   

American D4-T

Electro Voice 630, V-2

Electro Voice 640

Shure 55A,B &C

Shure 55 C

U.S. okayed sale of surplus war materiel to Britain

First peacetime military draft in U.S. history approved, Sept. 14.

 
1941       Shure 55 C

•  42 minutes on 1st tape (wire recorder used to copy phonographs)

• Ampex Electric Company - Made electric motors for airplane radar systems

Lend-Lease Act signed Mar. 11 provided $7 bil in military credits for Britain. Lend-Lease for USSR approved

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 7:55 am Hawaiian time, Dec. 7; called by Roosevelt “a date that will live in infamy”; 19 ships sunk or damaged, 2,300 dead. U.S. declared war on Japan Dec. 8, on Germany and Italy Dec. 11.

1942

Knight radio recorders

Presto "K"

Rek-O-Kut recording units & motors

Wilcox-Gay Recordio "Pro" Disc recorder

   

Electro Voice 630, 640, V-1, V-2

Shure 55A &C

Shure 55 C

Shure 556B

The first stereo tape recordings are made by Helmut Kruger at German Radio in Berlin.

Battle of Midway June 4-7 was Japan's first major defeat.

U.S., Britain invaded North Africa Nov. 8.

First nuclear chain reaction

1943      

Shure 55 C

Shure 556B

Oklahoma! opened Mar. 31 on Broadway.

937 Magnetophons sold by 1943-44

Race riot in Detroit June 21; 34 dead, 700 injured. Riot in Harlem section of New York City Aug. 2; 6 killed.

1944

 

 

The name AMPEX consists Poniatoff's initials, with "EX" for "excellent" to form the unique name. more

 

Shure 55 C

Shure 556B

 

• Tom Dowd - Worked on Manhattan project using wire recorders

Musical instrument manufacturers mobilized for the war effort by applying their metal and woodworking abilities to the production of everything from precision altimeters to bomb casings and airplane wings. They were so successful that nearly half of the major makers received the official Army-Navy “E” for excellence.  NAMM

U.S., Allied forces invaded Europe at Normandy on “D Day,” June 6

Battle of the Bulge, failed Nazi counteroffensive

1945

ADS

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Sennheiser

Brush BK-401

Rangertone Tape recorder

Bill Mullin with US Army Signal Corps ships 2 German Magnetophons and 50 reels of tape back to US.  Pic #1  Pic #2  Pic #3  Pic #4 Pic #5

John T. Mullin

 

 

Shure 55 C

Shure 556B

Turner 211

Turner S33D

•  Ampex Military contracts

•  Magnetaphon Germans  photo of German Magnetaphon from world War II in 1991 db magazine in Phantom Productions vintage tape recorder collection

 

Empire State Building struck accidentally by Army B-25 bomber, July 28, killing 13.

Yalta Conference

Marines landed on Iwo Jima

Pres. Roosevelt died in Warm Springs, GA, Apr. 12

Germany surrendered May 7; May 8 proclaimed V-E Day.

First atomic bombs

Japan agreed to surrender Aug. 14

1946

ADS

First licensed wire recorders manufactured by Pentron, Pierce Wire Recorder Corporation, and others. The company that became Pierce Wire Recorder Corp. began as Radiotechnic Laboratories of Evanston, Illinois.

Magnecord Corporation

Califone created

Brush Development Corp. builds a semiprofessional tape recorder as its Model BK401 Soundmirror.

Ampex incorporated as Ampex Electric Corporation

Shure 55 C

Shure 556B

Turner S33D

• Bill Mullin demo in San Francisco for Crosby

3M introduces Scotch No. 100, a black oxide paper tape.

•  Webster Chicago Wire recorder 180

baby boom began

Philippines given independence

Winston Churchill employed the phrase “iron curtain.”

1947

ADS

 

 

By the end of August 1947, the Ampex 200-A development was well under way.

Brush Sound Mirror  ad

Webster Wire 80 $149.50

3M Corp introduces a line of sound recording tapes

International Radio and Electronics Corporation (CROWN)

 

Shure 51

Shure 556 $49.98

Bing Crosby uses Mullin's recorders to record radio show. Thanks to James Reed for clip & pics

Ampex Model 200A audio recorder demonstrated at Radio Center, Hollywood, Calif

KVLF Radio Station created in Alpine, Texas

Air Force Capt. Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier

Marshall Plan

Year
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History
History

1948

ADS

Sony Corporation begins its efforts to design a tape recorder

Early Ampex ad

1948 Ampex add  in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

HeathKit created

Studer/ReVox founded

Webster Wire 78 $99.50

Webster Wire 80 $149.50

Model 83 Control Box $29.95

Magnecord introduces its PT-6, the first tape recorder in portable cases.

Electro Voice 950

Shure 51

Turner S33D

Bing Crosby with early Ampex 200s

• Ampex # 1  2 - $4,000 stainless steel machined 14” reel, 30ips,  

The Audio Engineering Society (AES) is formed in New York City.

Berlin Airlift

Organization of American States founded

Truman defeats Dewey

1949

ADS

1949 Ampex ad featuring Bing Crosby in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

Pentron Astra Sonic  ad $149.50

 

1949 manual cover of Magnecord PT6 in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Electro Voice 611 $19.11

Shure 51  ad $22.50

Shure 737 ad $20.87

Shure 55 ad $36.75

Shure 556 ad  $51.45

Turner S33D ad $15.88

Turner 22X  ad  $11.76

Ampex 300  Ampex introduces its Model 300 professional studio recorder.

1949 Ampex 300 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

NATO established

Federal minimum wage raised from 40¢ an hour to 75¢

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

1950

ADS

Concertone 401 $295

Edison Ediphone

Magnecord PT63-A

Magnecord PT-7

Webster Chicago 180

Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

Pentron Astra Sonic  ad $149.50
 

Shure 51

Turner S33D

• First Ampex 300 -  Sold several thousand - began using molded plastic, $2,000

Guitarist Les Paul modifies his Ampex 300 with an extra preview head for "Sound-on-Sound" overdubs.

Brink's robbed of $2.8 million

North Korea invades South Korea

US military advisers to South Vietnam

Peanuts comic strip started

1951

ADS

Ampex 400

Magnecord PT6-A

Magnecord PT63-A

Magnecord PT-7

Magnecord PT-7CC

Magnecord PT6-BN $884 Stereo

NAGRA

Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

Pentron Astra Sonic  ad $149.50

WilcoxGay Recordio

Stereo kits became available adding a 2 channel head and an additional amplifier to create stereo in mono tape recorders

1951 Concertone NWR-1 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

• Ampex 350 - many thousands made

1951 Ampex 400 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Rosenberg trials

Transcontinental TV

Catcher in the Rye

1952

Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

Magnecorder PT6-J $260

Magnecorder M30,M33 $499.95

Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

 

1952 Magnecorder M30,M33 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

To create a "stereo effect" the Cook Disc System had 2 concentric grooves and the player had 2 side-byside tone arms and pickups.

Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1952

Nixon “Checkers” speech

1953

Les Paul - 8 track

text

MultiTrack recording

Teac Founded

see also  and photos

Ampex 350

Bell RecordOFone RT-65 $113

Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

Magnecorder PT6-J $260

Magnecorder M30,M33 $499.95

Ampex 450 for background music - 8 hours of continuous music on 14" reels

1953 Ampex 450 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

• Ampex - 4 track instrumentation recorder

Ampex introduces the first high speed reel-to-reel duplicator as its Model 3200.

Rosenbergs executed

Korean War ends

1954

ADS

 

AKG Founded

Ampex 350  $1,315

Ampex 600

Berlant Concertone 20/20 $445.00

Crown 3M

Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

Magnecorder PT6-J  $260

Magnecorder M30,M33 $499.95

• Ampex 600 - 80,000 25 lbs $540 - specs almost same as 350

1954 Ampex 600 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

American Microphone D22

Astatic DR-10

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

The first commercial 2-track stereo tapes are released.

Ampex Series "A" Stereo models A121, A122, Later called 960 & Mono models A111 & A112

1954 Ampex Series "A" 960 ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Army-McCarthy hearings

Racial segregation ruled unconstitutional by Supreme Court

Condemnation of Sen. McCarthy

Ernest Hemingway - Nobel Prize

1955

ADS

STEREO Arrives

1955 Ampex Stereo Arrives ad  in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Ampex 350  $1,315

Ampex 600 $545

Ampex 620

Berlant Concertone 20/20

Crown 3M

Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

Magnecorder PT6-J $260

 

 

 

Electro Voice 626

Electro Voice 911

Electro Voice 950

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

• Ampex - 1/2 sales telemetry to government

Ampex develops "Sel-Sync" (Selective Synchronous Recording), making audio overdubbing practical.

Ampex Series "A" Stereo models A121, A122, Later called 960 & Mono models A111 & A112

U.S. agrees to train South Vietnamese army

Supreme Court ordered “all deliberate speed” in integration of public schools

Rosa Parks

AFL-CIO created

1956

ADS

STEREO grows

Teac founded

Magnecord M90 professional reel tape recorder ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Ampex 350 $1,315

Ampex 600 $545

Ampex 601  $545

Ampex 601-2 $995

Ampex 620

Berlant Concertone 20/20 $1,095

Crown 3M

Magnecorder PT6J-AH $330

Magnecorder PT6-J $260

Magnecord S-36B

 

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

• Ampex - Consumer division Moved to Chicago

Ampex Series "A" Stereo models A121, A122, Later called 960 & Mono models A111 & A112

Les Paul makes the first 8-track recordings using the "Sel-Sync" method.

interstate highway system

First transatlantic telephone cable

My Fair Lady opened on Broadway

4-Channel  CinemaScope introduced

IBM First RAM

1957

ADS

Superscope

1957 Presto 800 Series professional reel tape recorder ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Ampex 350

Ampex 600

Ampex 620

Crown 3M

Magnecorder PT6J-AH

Magnecorder PT6-J

Magnecord M90

Presto 800 Series professional reel tape recorder

Wilcox Gay Imperial 686

$269.95/$169.95

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome $49.98

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

 

Congress approved first civil rights bill for blacks since Reconstruction, Apr. 29, to protect voting rights.

Little Rock students

“direct link” between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.

 

 

1958

ADS

Compact Cassette

1958 Roberts stereo reel tape recorder  ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

note the Rolls Royce style logo for Roberts (later changed)

American Concertone 63 $755

Ampex 351

Ampex 601

Ampex 601-2  $995

Ampex 960  $650 '58 info

Ampex 960 Caprice $650

Crown 3M

Crown Prince $480

Magnecorder PT6J-AH

Magnecorder PT6-J

Magnecordette

Magnemite 610  $335

EkoTape

HeathKit

Miles Walkie Recordall

$465.75  '58

Norelco "Continental" $279.50

Pentron NL-3 $269.95

Sony 555-A  $595 '58

Webcor Regent  $209.95

Wollensak T-1515  $229.50

Calrad 500C $4.95

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Electro Voice 664 Gray Chrome $49.98

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

Chronology of Magnetic Recording up until 1958

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Stefan Kudelski introduces the Nagra III battery-operated transistorized field tape recorder, which with its "Neo-Pilot" sync system becomes the de facto standard of the film industry

First U.S. earth satellite to go into orbit

First domestic jet airline passenger service in U.S.

1959

ADS

first magnetic soundtracks

1959 Ampex 601-2 stereo ad in Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage reel tape recorder collection

Ampex 350

Ampex 601 (tube)

Ampex 601-2 $995

Crown 3M

Roberts 192

Sony 555-A  $595 '58

Calrad 500C $4.95

Electro Voice 623  $57.00

Shure 51

Shure 556

Turner S33D

Buddy Holly died

Ritchie Valens died

The Big Bopper died

Ampex stock listed on N.Y. and Pacific Stock Exchange

Tape Recorder Magazine, Feb, 1959 " Best estimate places the number of (tape) recorders sold at over 2,000,000.  Since 1954 the sale of tape recorders has gone up a steadily 20% a year."

Alaska admitted as 49th state

Khrushchev in US

quiz show scandal

As the baby boom took hold, the population of school-age children grew from 25 million in 1950 to 35 million by 1959. NAMM

 

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