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Sunday, December 13, 2015

A Very '70s Kmart Christmas


"This is a digitized version of an in-store reel to reel tape that was played within a Kmart store in December 1974.  The opening Kmart jingle is interesting at the beginning of both hours, and there are theft deterrent security pages and store policy announcements between every few songs.  This must have been in attempt to discourage shoplifting.

 
This is a Tape-Athon product perhaps in their early days - see the attached pictures.  There also was an insert within the reel to reel box stating that the recording was made on a state of the art system -- and to possibly adjust volume levels.
 
 
The recording contains both sides, which are 1 hour long each, totaling 2 hours.  This tape is in good shape and was recorded on the 3¾ speed. This was transferred to digital using my Akai GX-4000D which is in excellent operable condition, and I cleaned the heads between plays as the tape did leave residue.
 
 
Special Thanks to Tom Schwarzrock (Zephryrhills, FL) who personally provided this very rare tape to me so that it can be added to the archive collection.  Tom preserved this from store #3405 Lake street in Minneapolis, MN as he worked there as a department manager in the 1970's." - Mark Davis


2 comments:

  1. someone has the collection of cassettes from the 1980s too!

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  2. Thank you for sharing! I was born that month and year, and have fond memories of Kmart as a child..it is interesting to hear what was playing when I was born!

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