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    Posted 8 months ago

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    These two are nearly identical in construction, though their grille cloth and speaker driver units within are different. Both measure roughly 11" square at their backsides, their fronts are slightly angled from about 6" to 4" deep top to bottom. Both have evidence of a non-remaining maker's label/card that used to be stapled inside each. I actually have a 3rd one of these too, but it unfortunately suffered a little bit of a "fall" while being uninstalled from its (their) former location (which nearly cost me one of my ankles too, but no matter that) so it now needs to be re-glued back together -- thus I didn't bother to include pics of that one here too. Both these are shown in "as recovered" condition, including copious amounts of crud/paint drippings/etc mostly on their topsides (not shown) where that mess would have never been seen by folks looking at them from floor level.

    They most likely date from roughly the 1940's-50's when similar such speakers were commonplace items in all sorts of settings -- these came from an old church.

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    1. Brunswick Brunswick, 8 months ago
      Reminds me of the ones in school growing up!!

    2. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 8 months ago
      Indeed Thomas, perhaps the most likely sort of place these speakers were most commonly found in then (if not now too?) are old school buildings. Thanks for the comment and <love it> !!!
    3. Vynil33rpm Vynil33rpm, 8 months ago
      Yes I see the old classroom and auditorium ,with an announcement ,that we all should remember what to do ,should the Russians attack ,Duck and cover
      why a duck Groucho mite ask
    4. Manikin Manikin, 7 months ago
      These are very cool and would look great using them still today .Not sure if sound quality would be as good as today's but they have the "Look" :-)
    5. charmsomeone charmsomeone, 7 months ago
      AnythingObscure love these speakers. Have you hooked them up yet and tested them?
    6. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 7 months ago
      Technically no charmsomeone, but I myself *did* remove them from their former location myself, where they were still functional and 'in service' at the time.

      Manikin, these were never intended to produce anything close to "hi fidelity sound", but that doesn't necessarily mean their old (lo-fi) PA system drivers couldn't be replaced with something much more modern/capable...? ;-) :-)
    7. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 7 months ago
      THANKS SO VERY KINDLY to Brunswick, vetraio50, yougottahavestuff, fortapache, Vynil33rpm, Newfld, Cokeman1959, blunderbuss2, aura, Manikin, jdebevec35, & charmsomeone for your comments and <love it>s!!

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