There was a missionary organization in Los Angeles CA that had something like this.... they took them by the 1000's to areas without electricity or at least not in rural areas.
This dates back to the late 40s that i know of.
--- On Thu, 12/3/09, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cardboard record and player combo?
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Date: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 2:38 PM
> Roger Kulp wrote:
> > Were these records smaller than normal?
> They're between 6 and 7 inches and one is bound into the
> player folder. You turn it with a finger in a finger
> hole, and fold the cover section with a needle in it onto
> the record. This vibrates the cardboard sheet.
> Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
> > --- On Wed, 12/2/09, Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>
> > From: Michael Biel <[log in to unmask]>
> > Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Cardboard record and player
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2009, 1:13 AM
> > Aaron Levinson wrote:
> >> My friend Tony Vogdes said he recalls a cardboard
> record that came in a tri-folding piece of cardboard and
> came with a tiny fold out arm and a metal needle.
> >> Can anyone here tell me what that was and who made
> it? It sounds like a neat piece of forgotten, lo-fi audio
> history. Mr Biel what sayest thou?
> >> AA
> > I tried to buy one at the Wayne NJ music machines show
> earlier this year but it was MUCH too expensive -- several
> times the amount that Peter Muldavin lists as their values
> in his book "The Complete Guide to Vintage Children's
> Records". He has an illustration of one on page 11 in
> the introduction, but you have to guess where to find them
> listed in the book. They're on page 255 under the name
> Magic Phonograph and Record, listing 9 titles from 1955 with
> a photo of one closed which shows that drawing from page 11
> showing it in use. And by the way, although
> the case was cardboard the record was plastic. Mike
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