Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Re-Living the Sound of the Stereogram; an Exhibition of Stereograms Evokes Home Life in 1960s Britain

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Re-Living the Sound of the Stereogram; an Exhibition of Stereograms Evokes Home Life in 1960s Britain

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THIS weekend you can step back to a pre-digital age.

A time before Ipod and mp3 recordings - when people listened to music on newfangled devices called stereograms and radiograms.

An exhibition of these great old record players is taking place in Newcastle.

Back in the early 1960s things were on the up.

Indeed, after years of grinding austerity in the immediate post-war period, the smog began to lift.

Many people saw their living standards improve dramatically and, with that, disposable income was on the increase too.

A car, a TV set, a caravan, and maybe even an early package holiday were just some of the goodies a 1960s household could look forward to.

And among these 'musthaves' there was the radio/stereogram - a stunning piece of crafted furniture housing the latest in audio and phonographic technology.

Often finely crafted by skilled cabinet makers, they featured modern turntables, three band radios (including the latest FM band, then called VHF), powerful amplifiers and speakers and, of course, ultimately stereo reproduction.

They were sold by audio-visual dealers and department stores up and down the country.

A state-of-the-art radiogram, provided a focal point for any newly furnished sitting room or parlour.

Used on family get-togethers, holidays and special occasions, they reflected pride in the new materialism and consumerism.

They announced "this family had arrived."

Now, Newcastle's RPM Music, the independent record shop in its 25th year, is embracing the ever increasing vinyl revival as more music-lovers re-discover the joy of records.

It is now sourcing, refurbishing and retailing radiograms and audio equipment from the halcyon days of audio-reproductive technology mainly, though not exclusively, from the 60s and 70s.

Marek Norvid, a Yorkshireman of-Polish descent, a Newcastle University graduate, and one of the recent High Bridge festival organisers, said: "Customers were buying used vinyl in their droves but couldn't find anything to play it on. …

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