45 Adapters

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    45 RPM Record Adapters, plastic and metal construction, 1950's - 1970's.

    Top Row: Philco / Morse MFG. C, Fitchburg Mass. / No name ( Duotone type )/ Snap-It / No name

    Second Row: No name ( Duotone type ) / Unknown German / No name ( Duotone type ) / No name ( Hutchison type ) / Fideltone

    Third Row: Recotron / Webster / Airline / Unknown European (some marked KPL Mst 1/2) / Audio Tool

    Fourth Row : No name ( Duotone type ) / Automatic Plastics Company ( Canada ) / No name / No name ( Recotron type ) / No name

    One of the things you run across as a geeky thrift store / swap meet record collector is millions of 7" records. During the height of my collecting in the late 90's I picked up dozens of cheap 45s ( and 7" 33s as well ) not always for the records themselves, but tor the great adapters stuck in the middle of these swell slabs of wax.
    Above is a small cross section of some of these engineering marvels from my collection.

    After multiple requests I've made this available as an oversize, high quality, matte print on fine art Canson paper... www.etsy.com/listing/112455807/45-adaptors-oversized-13-x...?

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    1. Cindy シンデイー 76 months ago | reply

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      great composition

    2. Astronit 72 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called COLLECTIONS ON DISPLAY, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    3. Lindsey39 69 months ago | reply

      I found a few of the yellow plastic ones and showed them to my 19 year old daughter, she had no idea what they were.

    4. perryweethree 65 months ago | reply

      I want a Periodic Table of the 45 adapters!

    5. Glen Mullaly 65 months ago | reply

      perryweethree: Philconium, Duotonite, Recotronite, Norelcogen...

    6. K0dama 65 months ago | reply

      Congrats on being Boing Boing-ed!

    7. Glen Mullaly 65 months ago | reply

      Thanks K0dama, I didn't know! I await the electronic onslaught.

    8. {I'm a scientist} 65 months ago | reply

      For what these things actually were used for? I'm asking because I'm a member of a young generation...the Compact Disc and Mp3 Generation :). But we have a vinylplayer...there is a thing like that, so it is just used to put it on the middle of the vinyl where its fixed with that stick?

    9. Glen Mullaly 65 months ago | reply

      {I'm a scientist}: Yep. But most of these were meant to stay in the 7" record, so you didn't have to keep switching out that more permanent adapter on your turntable - like the red one in the lower right of the above picture.

    10. BACKYard Woods Explorer 65 months ago | reply

      That was so you can mix your North American 45's with the British ones your Aunt Sootie sent you.

    11. fumes1200 56 months ago | reply

      Ahh, a very cool collection and also very nice, graphic-wise.
      Can I place this on my Flickr set 'Vinyl Matters', please? (with source, ofcourse)

    12. armed with aesthetics 56 months ago | reply

      what a great pic indeed. i wear a Webster on a chain around my neck.... most folks don't know what it is, but it makes me happy.

    13. Glen Mullaly 56 months ago | reply

      fumes1200: Thanks for the interest, but Flickr sets are really not for posting other Flickr users images.

    14. fumes1200 56 months ago | reply

      Hi Glen, you're right. Well, at least I tried... ;-)

    15. Death by Fugu 52 months ago | reply

      Thanks. Have never seen so many different kinds before. Didn't even know that the icon shape of the one in the upper right had so much company. It's funny how for us who are 35 or older or thereabouts, the 45 insert is an absolute icon of vinyl, but for those older than that............? They have no idea what it is.

    16. Whiskeygonebad 52 months ago | reply

      And here is my adapter in use....

      1910 Fruitgum Co - Through The Looking glass - 45 Vinyl Record

    17. leonpersky 23 months ago | reply

      is that the flipside of 'Incense and Peppermints"?

    18. steindog2012 22 months ago | reply

      I would really like to have a wall poster with this collection

    19. Glen Mullaly 22 months ago | reply

      stiendog2012: I'm working on it...

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