Posted 5 years ago
This super heavy-duty case was originally manufactured by the Hoffman Radio Corp. in the 1940's to carry the old 16 inch diameter heavy shellac transcription recordings. In fact, the case was full of records dated 1947 to 1949 when we acquired it. The records and their sleeves were placed within very sturdy hanging file folders. Good thing there were handles on all four sides because this is a real gut-buster. The outside dimensions of this unit are 22"wide x 26"deep x 23"tall. It took four of us to load it into my pickup LOL.
The foot locker, WITH the metal partitions AND the hanging file folders, as shown, weighs 95 lbs. WITHOUT the records! The records that were stored inside were not military. Somehow a local church in southern California had acquired this case and was using it to store recordings of their meetings, services, and performances. We contacted that church and donated the records to their archiving facility in eastern Kansas, along with the record player that came with them.
This item was passed down to us from an elderly family member who was an original member of that southern California church.