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A bit of mid-century ephemera that gave me a weird, quasi-nostalgic feeling when I discovered it.

The Seeburg 1000 was a proprietary turntable system designed for use in stores, offices, and factories as an alternative to FM Muzak systems.  They were designed to be ephemeral, with the majority of the records being destroyed over the years.  They were made from the late 50s into the early 80s but of course, had their halcyon years in the mid-1960s.

Someone thought enough of these simple objects to preserve them.  This fragment of the consumer culture of mid-century America has survived and has become an artifact of another era, highly sought-after, exceedingly rare, and strangely appealing in a funny sort of way.  It was glib and plastic and frivolous, but it was done by people who took it seriously enough that they made a lasting creation out of it.

I don’t have any clear, specific memories of this music system or of the discs it plays, but the style and type of music is such a part of that mid-century landscape that I get just a little bit of a tingle from the hairs on my neck hearing it.


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