Tape Talking Book

Production date
1960s
Country
England
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Description
Wooden box, with carry handle off one side. Lid has long hole cut in back; power lead connected comes out through hole inside the box. Front - speaker, volume switch, headphone port. Inside - fast forward/rewind switch, two reel quides, two spool holders tape drive, plated brass plate, metal hinges and clasps.
Classification
CH classification AUDIO-VISUAL TECHNOLOGY Audio Accessories audio cassette
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Measurements
H245 x W337 x L368
Media/Materials description
wood
Gilt (Metal Plating)
Leather (Animal/Human Remains)
Indeterminate (Woods)
Brass (Metals - Non-Ferrous)
History and use
This Clark & Smith talking book machine dates from the 1960s, although the technology was developed in the 1920s. Clark & Smith began developing talking book machines in the 1950s and production began ca.1960.

It was used by the Qld Braille Writing Association. Queensland’s first braille writing associations date from the 1890s. The need for services for the blind increased during and after both world wars due to the number of returned servicemen who lost their sight as a result of their service.
Registration number
H24035

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