Original U.S. WWII Era Wind Up Phonograph with Wartime Pin-Ups

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. Recently discovered at a Flea Market this is one of those compelling "must have" items that no one sets out to buy but somehow always seems to come home with.

A wind up portable phonograph record player, very possibly from the 1930s, customized by a USGI with added pin-up illustrations, worn on the exterior but with a cracker on the inside.

Custom built compartment for record storage while being transported together with built in needle holder with hinged lid, it still retains the original winding key!

As soon as we got this to our offices we slipped on an old 78-rpm record, gently wound it up, released the brake and away we went. Speed adjustment lever still works perfectly however the actual needle head was lose so we stabilized it with a rubber band, just as they would have on the beaches of WW2.

The crackling music is wonderful, especially as the spring winds down and the singer's voice gets lower and lower (as well as slower and slower), takes you right back to the village Bridge scene in "Saving Private Ryan". Listen to it by watching video of us playing a record, which is included with the phonograph.

Offered and sold as a WW2 era curiosity and not a fine precision musical instrument. "Hand me another bottle of that French Vino Hank and tell FiFi to get over here!" Dream on!

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