Definitely a case of the pot calling the kettle black here, regarding spelling ...
I think the BASF scientist Orr befriended was Karl Pflaumer, not Karl Pfaulmer.
It is spelled Pflaumer, here:
and elswhere, for what that's worth.
Also, based on my experience, I wouldn't characterize Irish tape as "one of the finest," in fact it
was often poorly slit and the acetate formulations tend to get vinegary. Even after Ampex bought
Orr's tape business, the Irish brand continued to be used. I think it was finally retired in the
late 60s or early 70s.
One thing that was kewl about Irish tape was the package graphics. I have numerous different box
design examples. Also, the plastic reels -- which tend to warp over time -- were really neat
looking. I have a good friend who is very active in the Irish-American community and I gave him one
of the classic green boxes and reels, which he has hanging in his office. I didn't mention to him
that Irish was a down-market tape brand back in the day!
By the way, in the OrRadio heyday, I think there were five primary US magnetic media manufacturers:
3M (by far the largest); Audio Devices (large presence in the east, I've also seen photos of tape
boxes in Hollywood/L.A. studios in the 50s); Reeves Soundcraft (big in NYC, not sure how widespread
beyond the eastern seaboard); Irish/OrRadio (I think they had a large presence in the south and
southeast, but they also had plenty of good distribution in the consumer-retail channels because
home-recordist tapes from that era tend to be Irish or Scotch); and Kodak (which seemed to be aimed
mainly at consumers, but I've seen 10" reels and boxes so they did have some professional
presence -- beautiful packaging but horrible vinegar-plagued tape).
-- Tom Fine
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