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Viking of Minneapolis, Inc. (Telex/Magnecord, Turner)

 

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This is a list of information we have gathered from a variety of sources on some of the major analog reel to reel tape recorder manufacturers. Please note the source "credits' at the end of this page.  While we have strived to provide the best information available to us, there will be corrections and additions.  We include personal stories about the companies when they are provided to us.  We always invite input on corrections and updates. Thank you!

These company histories, plus photos and much more information is available in the three DVD set available at this link.

Go to:  Akai • Amplifier CorpAmpexAmproBellBell & HowellBell LabsBerlant ConcertoneBrushCraigCrown • DokorderEdisonEicoFerrographFostexGrundigHeathKitKLHMagnecordMarantzNagraOtariPentronPhilipsPioneerPrestoRangertoneRobertsSansuiScullySonyStuder ReVoxTandbergTeac/TascamTechnicsTelefunkenToshibaUher VikingWebster Chicago/WebcorWilcox-GayWollensak • UK - BrenellSpectone

 

 

VikingViking of Minneapolis logo in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

Viking of Minneapolis, Inc. (Telex), 9600 Aldrich Ave. South, Minneapolis 20, Minn
1920's - 1969 (Telex to 1985)

We believe Peter A. Rasmussen founded the Viking Tool & Machine Corporation in Belleville, NJ and first applied for its trademark on Wednesday, March 20, 1946.  A U.S. federal trademark registration was filed for VIKING by VIKING TOOL & MACHINE CORPORATION, THE, . The USPTO has given the VIKING trademark serial number of 71498665. The current federal status of this trademark filing is EXPIRED.  The VIKING trademark is filed in the category of Yarns and Thread . The description provided to the USPTO for VIKING is MES, MOLDS, AND TAPPING AND SCREW FORMING APPARATUS.

Viking of Minneapolis logo in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

 

In 1947 the Viking company was known for making the Minit Popcorn Machine (left)1962 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

 

 

First Viking tape recorder ads were found in the 1957 Allied catalog and in magazine ads that also featured the Fidelipac Viking 35 Series tape cartridges (view ads below).

1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording1964 Frank Garay is elected President of Viking of Minneapolis succeeding Peter A. Rasmussen

In 1965 Viking produced the Studio 96 professional tape recorder (left).

Viking was sold to Telex in 1966. Telex Communications, Tulsa, Oklahoma who had started out in 1936 making hearing aids

1967 Telex built a new 50,000 sq.ft. plant in Blue Earth, MN to assemble Viking tape recorders which were previously being built in Bloomington

Peter A. Rasmussen passed away in 1967

Billboard (Jan 7, 1967) announces that John S. Boyers (one of the founders of Magnecord) has been named by Telex Corp as Director of Engineering for the Telex Acoustics, Viking and Magnecord Taperecorder Divisions.

In 1969 tape magazines list 6 Viking models including a Model 433.

1975 ad for Telex Magnecord reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound RecordingFrom 1970 to 1975 the HiFi Stereo tape issues showed the same recorder as a Telex 433 tape recorder (3 speed, 2 motor, $324.95) and a 1979 ad for Telex in the Museum of Magnetic Sound RecordingTelex Lab Series 2001 reel tape recorder. It had 3 heads 2 motors, held 8.5 inch reels, 7.5 & 3.75, $725.00.

Folks will recognize the Magnecord 1024 rebranded with Telex in this 1975 ad (left)

The 1977 db magazine has an ad for the Telex 230 reel tape recorder.

Turner microphones and Magnecord tape recorders were also brought under the Telex brand (right)

 

 


 

The Viking models and ads:

1957

  1957 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1957 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1958

1958 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 1958 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

1959

1959 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording    1959 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

1960

1960 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1961

1961 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1961 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

1962

1962 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1962 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 1962 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

1963

1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording    1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1963 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

1964

Professional Viking Studio 96

1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1964 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1965

1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording   1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

  1965 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1966

1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording    1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1966 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1967

1967 ad for Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1968

1968 ad for Telex  Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1969

1969 ad for Telex Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1972

1972 ad for Telex Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1974

1974 ad for Telex Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1975 Telex Magnecord

1975 ad for Telex Magnecord reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1975 ad for Telex Magnecord reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

1977

1976 ad for Telex Viking reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording   1977 ad for Telex Viking 230  reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1977 ad for Telex 1400  reel to reel tape recorders in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

1978

1979 ad for Telex 230L in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1979

1979 ad for Telex in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording   1979 ad for Telex in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording  1979 ad for Telex in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

1982

1982 ad for Telex in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 

1983

1982 ad for Telex in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording    1983 ad for Telex in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

1985

1982 ad for Telex in the Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording 


Additional Viking photos from contributors:

Viking 75 Series

   

Viking 95

  

Viking 230

 

 

 

These company histories, plus photos and much more information is available in the three DVD set available at this link.

Go to:  Akai • Amplifier CorpAmpexAmproBellBell LabsBerlant ConcertoneBrushCrown • DokorderEdisonEicoFostexHeathKitMagnecordMarantzNagraOtariPentronPhilipsPioneerRobertsScullyTandbergTeac/TascamTechnicsTelefunkenToshibaUher VikingWebster Chicago/WebcorWilcox-GayWollensak • UK - BrenellSpectone

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