Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Vintage Wednesday #5

Today for Vintage Wednesday I'd like to share with you my awesome record player from the 60's:

This blonde little lady still works great even after all of these years. It takes her a minute to get started, but after that she's gold. She actually belongs to my family, but for the time being she's being used by me.

I can't find the brand listed anywhere on the cabinet, but I know that it was bought in 1962. It belonged to my step-grandmother, who bought it at a TV/Record Player store on Gratiot in Detroit. My step-mom said she knows it was bought in 1962 because that is about the time that the song "El Paso" was popular and that was the first record that they listened to on the record player, or "the stereo" as she would have called it then.

It's a little smaller than the more popular styles at the time. Also, it was more common to buy your record player and TV together as one piece of furniture. However, my step-mom said that her mother bought hers separately because otherwise if your TV or record player broke you'd have to throw the whole cabinet away, even if one was still working.

Yes, yes, I know she's so beautiful!!

I feel like things really were built to last back then. Today we are replacing our iPods and other music devices every few years. It's a shame that we don't buy things with long term play in mind. Although I do have another record player that my husband bought me from Target. It's meant to look like an old record player, even though it's relatively new. I've had it for about 3 years now. Let's see if it will last another 50...

I hope you've enjoyed this installment of Vintage Wednesdays. Check back next week for more vintage fun!


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