'Reporter' tape recorder, 1953.
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Tape recorder made by Boosey and Hawkes, UK. The Reporter was an early attempt to exploit the tape recorder as a portable dictation machine. A clockwork motor drove the tape at 7.5 inches per second, and the machine could run 7 minutes on one winding. Power was provided by batteries and the tape had to be rewound manually. It was marketed with the slogan 'In direct touch wherever you may be'. It was claimed to weigh 'only 12.5 pounds - it's no bigger than a shoebox'.