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Question re: Speakers from W.T. Grant Co.-- the maker is?

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Hello-

I recently aquired these speakers at a thrift store. They appear to have the look of speakers from the late 50's to early 60's. Nice looking walnut speakers. Doing some net research, I found that the W.T. Grant Co. chain of stores existed up to 1972. They must have farmed these speakers out to a local company. There is a paper label on the back with the following: "W.T. Grant Co., Acoustic Air Suspension Loudspeaker System, Model 53363, #9105." The grill is fixed to not come off. They sound pretty good. Does anyone have any item who might have made these? Check the photos below...

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff168/Z...il/IMG_1153.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff168/Z...il/IMG_1149.jpg

http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff168/Z...il/IMG_1146.jpg

Thanks,

Steve Z.

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Did you ever get any info on these? I just got a set yesterday for 15$ They sound pretty good, better than the pioneers I have. I just can't find anything about them online

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What a name from the past!!

Cant help you with the speakers, but the Grant stores were the KMart variety/dept stores of their day, and similar to Woolworths. IIRC, Kresge's eventually became KMarts? regardless, "Grant" was big enough in the late 60's to have subbed out work to re-label as their own, and as many of us fondly recall; every decent size dept store had a stereo dept we could go hang out in!

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3 hours ago, nfafan said:

What a name from the past!!

Yeah--I bought my first LP there "Runaround Sue" by Dion in 1961, right after he left the Belmonts.

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I think they would have to be labeled "Made in Japan" if they were. There were a number of outfits making OEM stuff right here in the USA. Fisher speakers for example were made by an American speaker manufacturer.

You could pull the drivers and look for the manufacturer codes but that still wouldn't tell you who built the system.

Or just enjoy them ;)

Here's a guy looking to by a pair--maybe he knows something  http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=252000

Kent

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On 1/31/2018 at 6:51 AM, JKent said:

I think they would have to be labeled "Made in Japan" if they were. There were a number of outfits making OEM stuff right here in the USA. Fisher speakers for example were made by an American speaker manufacturer.

You could pull the drivers and look for the manufacturer codes but that still wouldn't tell you who built the system.

Or just enjoy them ;)

Here's a guy looking to by a pair--maybe he knows something  http://www.antiqueradios.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=252000

Kent

Hi Kent,

I concur, 100%

Still doesn't change the fact that they look an awfully lot like Coral

As far as Fisher speakers go, not for long as well as model era dependent (Avery, Sanyo etc etc)  

Regardless, why would you say that they would "have to" be labelled "Made in Japan"?

Craig

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The first Fisher speakers were made for Avery Fisher by United Speaker Systems here in East Orange NJ. Later the company was sold to Emerson, then Sanyo, then ???

I'm quite sure any product imported to the US has to show the country of manufacture. Hence they would "have to" be labeled "Made in Japan."

Kent

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On 2/1/2018 at 9:57 AM, JKent said:

The first Fisher speakers were made for Avery Fisher by United Speaker Systems here in East Orange NJ. Later the company was sold to Emerson, then Sanyo, then ???

I'm quite sure any product imported to the US has to show the country of manufacture. Hence they would "have to" be labeled "Made in Japan."

Kent

Correct

Speakers have always been a subcontracted item to fill out the Fisher market presence, even after it wasn't Fisher anymore (in name only)

All I said about the original inquiry was that they look like something Coral would make and they do

I've got more than  a few pieces, speakers and electronics, where the label as to "made in" occurs inside the box, not out

Don't know if there was ever a legal requirement to indicate such information on the outside of goods or not

Interesting point though

Craig

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Country of origin labeling is required for most products imported into the US. Speakers don't fit into any of the exempt categories. The lack of country on the speaker label tells us that these were made in the US.

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