Viking of Minneapolis, Inc.

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This is a list of information we have gathered from a variety of sources on some of the major analog reel to reel tape recorder and related equipment manufacturers. While we have strived to provide the best information available to us, there will be corrections and additions. We include personal stories about the companies when they are provided to us.  We always invite input on corrections and updates. Thank you!

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VikingViking of Minneapolis logo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

Viking of Minneapolis, Inc. (Telex), 9600 Aldrich Ave. South, Minneapolis 20, Minn
1920's - 1969 (Telex to 1985)

We believe Peter A. Rasmussen founded the Viking Tool & Machine Corporation in Belleville, NJ and first applied for its trademark on Wednesday, March 20, 1946.  A U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for VIKING by VIKING TOOL & MACHINE CORPORATION, THE, . The USPTO has given the VIKING trademark serial number of 71498665. The current federal status of this trademark filing is EXPIRED.  The VIKING trademark is filed in the category of Yarns and Thread . The description provided to the USPTO for VIKING is MES, MOLDS, AND TAPPING AND SCREW FORMING APPARATUS.

Viking of Minneapolis logo in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 

In 1947 the Viking company was known for making the Minit Popcorn Machine (left)1962 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

 

 

First Viking tape recorder ads were found in the 1957 Allied catalog and in magazine ads that also featured the Fidelipac Viking 35 Series tape cartridges (view ads below).

1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection1964 Frank Garay is elected President of Viking of Minneapolis succeeding Peter A. Rasmussen

In 1965 Viking produced the Studio 96 professional tape recorder (left).

Viking was sold to Telex in 1966. Telex Communications, Tulsa, Oklahoma who had started out in 1936 making hearing aids

1967 Telex built a new 50,000 sq.ft. plant in Blue Earth, MN to assemble Viking tape recorders which were previously being built in Bloomington

Peter A. Rasmussen passed away in 1967

Billboard (Jan 7, 1967) announces that John S. Boyers (one of the founders of Magnecord) has been named by Telex Corp as Director of Engineering for the Telex Acoustics, Viking and Magnecord Taperecorder Divisions.

In 1969 tape magazines list 6 Viking models including a Model 433.

1975 ad for Telex Magnecord reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionFrom 1970 to 1975 the HiFi Stereo tape issues showed the same recorder as a Telex 433 tape recorder (3 speed, 2 motor, $324.95) and a 1979 ad for Telex in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collectionTelex Lab Series 2001 reel tape recorder. It had 3 heads 2 motors, held 8.5 inch reels, 7.5 & 3.75, $725.00.

Folks will recognize the Magnecord 1024 rebranded with Telex in this 1975 ad (left)

The 1977 db magazine has an ad for the Telex 230 reel tape recorder.

Turner microphones and Magnecord tape recorders were also brought under the Telex brand (right)

 

 


 

The Viking models and ads:

1957

  1957 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1957 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1958

1958 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 1958 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1959

1959 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    1959 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1960

1960 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1961

1961 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1961 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1962

1962 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1962 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 1962 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1963

1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1964

Professional Viking Studio 96

1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1965

1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

  1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1966

1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1967

1967 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1968

1968 ad for Telex  Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

 

1969

1969 ad for Telex Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1972

1972 ad for Telex Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1974

1974 ad for Telex Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1975 Telex Magnecord

1975 ad for Telex Magnecord reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1975 ad for Telex Magnecord reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1977

1976 ad for Telex Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   1977 ad for Telex Viking 230  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1977 ad for Telex 1400  reel to reel tape recorders in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1978

1979 ad for Telex 230L in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1979

1979 ad for Telex in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection   1979 ad for Telex in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection  1979 ad for Telex in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1982

1982 ad for Telex in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 

1983

1982 ad for Telex in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection    1983 ad for Telex in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection

1985

1982 ad for Telex in the Reel2ReelTexas.com vintage recording collection 


Additional Viking photos from contributors:

Viking 75 Series

   

Viking 95

  

Viking 96 - photos from Phillip Chance, Phillip Chance MD, MA, Emeritus Profesor
University of Washington, School of Medicine, Elite Sound Service
Technical Director/Member, Seattle Wind Symphony, Seattle WA  US

Viking 96 photos donated by Phillip Chance  Viking 96 photos donated by Phillip Chance

Viking 230

 

 

Please help us create a permanent museum for this collection

Go to: • 3MAEG/MagnetophonAkaiAmplifier CorpAmpexAmproBang & OlufsenBellBell & HowellBell LabsBerlant ConcertoneBeyerdynamicBrüel & KjærBrenellBrushCetec GaussCraigCrown • DokorderEdisonEicoElectro VoiceEMI/GramophoneFerrographFostexGrundigHeathKitKLHLeevers RichLyrecMagnecordMarantzMCIMitsubishiNagraNakamichiNeumannNewcombNeveOkiOtariPentronPhilipsPioneerPrestoRangertoneRobertsRolaSansuiScullyShureSolid State LogicSonySoundcraftSpectoneStancil HoffmanStellavoxStephensStuder ReVoxTandbergTape-AthonTapesonicTeac/TascamTechnicsTelefunkenTolnai ToshibaUher VikingWebster Chicago/WebcorWebster ElectricWilcox-GayWollensak

 

 
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