When it comes to portable audio, we’ve come a long, long way. See?

This showed up on one of my Facebook feeds. From the looks of the equipment, this portable audio cart dates to sometime in the 1950s.

Let’s see: We have an LP record changer, a tube amp, a single two-way speaker, a long extension cord and what looks like a garden cart.


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One thought on “When it comes to portable audio, we’ve come a long, long way. See?

  • The “Philco” information is bogus (fake address). But it is a real photo for Regency Inc, who made the amplifier on the left hand side of the cart. The amplifier is a Regency HF-150 and the speaker is a Jensen Duette. The turntable is a Webcor Diskchanger. Photography done by Ken Schmid Studio, dated December 1954.

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