Record Listening Booths

 

Private listening booths and demonstration rooms were designed to focus the customer's listening experience when shopping for a new machine or record.

The 1959 7up advertisement uses the booth to show that listening in one of these rooms could be more than a place to preview records before purchasing one.

The following advertisement from The Talking Machine World, February 1915, gives some testimonials regarding increasing profits in selling machines, advantages of such rooms, and reasons to buy a Unico Design.

 

Installation for The Aeolian Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, TMW 2015

 

 

Installation for L. K. Beach, Design Number Two, Columbus, Ohio, TMW 2015

 

 

 

 

The Talking Machine World, February 1915

Installation for Fulton Music Company, Waterbury, Conn. - The Talking Machine World, May 1915

 

 

 

Fletcher's Music Store record listening booths, circa 1920's Courtesy City of Victoria Archives, Victoria, BC

 

 

Record Listening Room, Saturday Evening Post, April 19, 1952

 

 

 

 

 

These photos are from a delightful series of photographs titled c. 1955 Vinyl listening booths Sampling the hits — and a cigarette by Alex Q. Arbuckle

Listening Booths, HMV, 1955 (Courtesy Alex Q. Arbuckle)

Nov. 24, 1955 IMAGE: JOHN DRYSDALE/KEYSTONE FEATURES/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES

 

 

Listening Booths, HMV, 1955 (Courtesy Alex Q. Arbuckle)

Nov. 24, 1955 IMAGE: JOHN DRYSDALE/KEYSTONE FEATURES/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES

 

 

 

Listening Booth in Record Store, Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation ©2015 Paramount Pictures

 

 

 

Sonos’ concept store has cabin-shaped listening rooms - Covent Gardens, London 2020

 

 

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