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Sound Machine Ads 1939-1947

Sometime back got an email from someone with Devi Pictures (do check out the site and look for something called 'Sandra from Bandra') researching for a documentary film on intellectual property rights. They were looking for print advertisements for old gramophones/radio/VCR /cassette players/spool players. And thanks to Memsaab, who generously shared her collection of vintage FilmIndia magazines with me, I have just the stuff. I would have posted it all earlier, but I thought no one would be interested.

Paillard. Tomatic Record Changer. Operated 110 or 280 Volts AC, 40-60 cycles or Universal.
 Plays 10 records automatically. "Swiss Made" Thougout.

Paillard. Swiss Made. It stands at the top of all.
Available for AC, AC/DC and for AC/Battery (6 volt car battery)
with Magic eye and entracingly beautiful wooden cabinet.

RAP 1939 ModelsEstablish New Records in Performance.RAP. Care-Free British Radio

Hear the Latest "Younf India" Records.
The National Gramophone Record Manufacturing Co. LTD.

HMV "High Q" Radios. 1940.

HMV 7-Valve "World Tourer" superhet Autoradiogram with fluid light tuning indicator.

"His Master's Voice" New 'New Q' British Radio. Price Rs. 285/-

Keep in touch with the world-with "His Mater's voice" British made World Tourer Radio. 1940

Lansing Shearer Horn Sound System. 1940.

A wartime ad  Philips Amplifiers and Loudspeakers. 1941

12  for Rs. Six.
REX Record Depot. 1939.

HMV Model 6212A, 6-Valve A.C. Spread Band Receiver.
Full Spread band Tuning on the 13, 16, 19, 25 and 31 Metre Bands.
Rs. 495/-

Bauer "Hi-Lo-Phonic" Cellular Speakers for high class theaters. 1939

Ad for film  music recorded on Columbia Records. 1945.

HMV Auto-Radiogramophones Models 690 AC/DC and 692 A.C.

HMV gramophones Ad year 1940

My Goodness!
My Kraisler
[with apologies to Arther Guiness LTD.]
Worth waiting for
Kraisler Radio
Designed for discriminating people by British
Radio Engineers with two decades of Experience.


  1. At the Media Lab, Jadavpur University, Kolkata we are developing an archive on Sound Cultures of Indian Cinema. It's contains many such ads, written material, photos of old sound machines, scholarly articles, newspaper reports and video clips. It's open for public access. Thank you for posting this. Please keep posting such materials if they become available to you.

  2. Sounds great! Thanks for the info. Link for readers here

  3. Hello I am very interested in knowing about this collection; As a musician I have been researching and perfroming the music of the gramophone/talkies era; look forward to hearing from you.
    Vidya Shah

  4. Hi Vidhya,
    you might find interesting stuff at the Indian section of this blog called 'Holy Warbles'. [LINK]. Lot of rare stuff from 60s.

  5. Hello, we are keen on sourcing these images for our music museum. Could you please give me an email id for me to touch base with you?

    1. Hi Manasi,
      Please feel free to use what you like.


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