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Ampex talking letter



Ampex talking letter

Here is an Ampex "talking letter" in original mailing box, postmarked July 7, 1969. It went from our home in Honolulu to the grandparents in Iowa, for a mere 20 cents postage. Ampex provided mailer box with three inch spool, holding 150 feet of formulation 611 tape. In the late 1960s, long distance calls to and from Hawaii were incredibly expensive and reserved solely for significant good or bad news. Fidelity of those calls was very poor, half-duplex satellite connected technology was the norm. Happily this tape still holds quality audio and is fully intact.