AEG’s own Magnetophon Press Clipping Archive 1937-44


This fascinating and historic collection of German newspaper clippings date between 1937-1944 and were the personal archive of AEG all relating to their invention at the time- the Magnetophon.

Anyone who knows their history of recorded sound will know the central importance the Magnetophon played in the development of both tape and stereophonic recording. Between 1934-1946 AEG pioneered not only the use of magnetised paper tape, but also managed to raise the auditory quality well above that of 78rpm records to eventually become the industry standard. Unsurprisingly the Magnetophon range were quickly and widely integrated into many aspects of German life in the late 1930s, but as war came closer and then overtook Germany, it was widely used by the Germany Military and soon became an issue of national security.

Although the world had known about the Magnetophon tape recorder since its unveiling in 1934, many of their most important technical developments actually took place during the war (and thus away from the prying eyes of the Allies who only learned about them in 1945). And that is what makes this small archive so potentially fascinating for any researcher.

Please note these clippings were clearly stored originally in a ring binder as every page has a double hole punched into it. They are also in somewhat tatty and yellowed but fully readable condition. Some are cut straight from the relevant newspapers and magazines, some have been stuck and mounted onto paper, and some are contemporary photographic prints of the relevant articles. Thankfully most have been annotated by hand to record the date and name of publication, and half a dozen also have a more detailed typed reference and description stapled to them using headed AEG note paper.

As far as I’m aware this archive has never been researched nor used for publication. There are 77 clippings included which look to give information about new models, military use, concerts and events using the Magnetophon and industry views of the machine.

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