Design is fine. History is mine.

Imagine a time with no computers.

John Vassos, Portable phonograph, 1930s. New Jersey, USA.

Vassos was both an illustrator and an industrial designer. He was born in Greece and started his career as an illustrator of books. As the market declined, Vassos dedicated himself to becoming an industrial designer. He worked extensively with RCA, the Radio Corporation of America. Many of his designs were multifunctional, often combining radios and televisions with record players. 

This phonograph is built into its own carry-case. The case design, rather like a suitcase would allow easy and safe transportation. At that time, of course, the power came from winding a handle and electricity was not necessary. V&A

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