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BOOSEY & HAWKS WIREK TYPE 'A' WIRE RECORDER , 1945
Boosey and Hawkes stopped making machines and only produced sheet music after this model.
Valdemar Poulsen, a Danish inventor developed the "Telegraphone" between 1898 -1900 this was a magnetic method using steel wire
Wire recorders were developed in the period from 1900 to the late 1940s, but they were produced only in very small quantities.
They were used by BBC journalists during WWII.
The peak of the wire recorder's short commercial life came in 1948 and 1949.
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- My father Christopher Henry Searle was the manager of the Boosey and Hawkes "Sonoran Works" around 1950. It was not far from the B&H factory in Deansbrook Road and was located just off the Edgware Road opposite Edgware General Hospital. They manufactured and repaired "Wirek" wire recorders which were much different from this model shown being in a horizontal case with a removable top. They were pretty heavy - I would think a good 30-40lb.
.......... Michael C.Searle, Tucson, Arizona,USA, 26th of January 2012