How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

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How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by Mrs Ritchie Valens » 05 Jul 2019 17:04

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Hey guys, I'm a new member and I've been into vinyl for a while now, but I still have many questions.
So, I have quite a few platter boxes; but I was wondering what's the history behind them and when did they become popular? I know that records can be called platters, but is that the reason for their name?
Thanks!

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by JoeE SP9 » 05 Jul 2019 20:00

Platter Boxes?!. Please post a picture.

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by circularvibes » 06 Jul 2019 04:08

Almost anyone with a collection of singles in the 1950's and 1960's had a Platter Pack. As to how the name came about, I don't know. I do remember being about 7 or 8 and my Platter Pack had the bottom fallout as I was going downstairs. No broken records but one got a good dent in it.

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by vinyl master » 06 Jul 2019 04:29

I guess they must not be REAL collectors, or else they would know about The Amfile Corporation! #-o

Just kidding! :P

But, seriously, folks...Some of you MUST have seen these in your travels at least once in your lifetime...

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I even found a few of these old film reel cases at the local thrift shop...

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...and you can fit about 50 45's in them like this...

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Don't even get me started on the Disk-go-cases! #-o

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by Mrs Ritchie Valens » 06 Jul 2019 17:25

vinyl master wrote:
06 Jul 2019 04:29
I guess they must not be REAL collectors, or else they would know about The Amfile Corporation! #-o

Just kidding! :P

But, seriously, folks...Some of you MUST have seen these in your travels at least once in your lifetime...

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33711
42369
45392

I even found a few of these old film reel cases at the local thrift shop...

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...and you can fit about 50 45's in them like this...

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Don't even get me started on the Disk-go-cases! #-o

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Vinyl Master, thank you so much for answering my question. Yeah, I have heard of that company you mentioned. I also CAN'T STAND! those disc-go cases either. The 45's are not protected as well in those as they are in platter packs.

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by Mrs Ritchie Valens » 06 Jul 2019 18:53

circularvibes wrote:
06 Jul 2019 04:08
Almost anyone with a collection of singles in the 1950's and 1960's had a Platter Pack. As to how the name came about, I don't know. I do remember being about 7 or 8 and my Platter Pack had the bottom fallout as I was going downstairs. No broken records but one got a good dent in it.
About your platter pack having the bottom fall out, oh no!! Guess you needed a new one, huh? I hope your 45's were in sleaves?

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by vinyl master » 06 Jul 2019 23:57

Actually, Amfile is short for the Amberg File & Index Company formerly out of Kankakee, Illinois...In the late 60's, they used an outer material for their various Platter-Paks called Kivar, a "plastic-coated moisture-resistant material" that was used in the manufacture of luggage...In the early 1900's, they were makers of office furniture, filing cabinets, desks, safes and a number of other items related to that...They were the first to patent the stackable file drawer system we see today in many offices around the world...It all began in the year 1870 when William A. Amberg, who with Daniel R. Cameron, started Cameron, Amberg & Co. in Chicago to manufacture blank books and stationery...Eventually, William Amberg patented a self-indexing letter file that was used throughout offices in the United States...On July 6th, 1869, he received a patent for a "letter holder, file and binder"...By 1875, he had patented another great invention, the cabinet letter file...William was the originator of modern indexing systems and spent most of his entire life trying to perfect those systems...In 1890, he retired from Cameron, Amberg & Co. and started his own Amberg File & Index Co. He also founded the town of Amberg, Wisconsin, where he started the Amberg Granite Company, among other pursuits...The Amberg File & Index Co. (shortened to Amfile later) started producing the Platter-Pak phonographic record case in the mid-50's and made tons of designs, starting with steel cases and then, eventually making them out of fabric and plastic...A little history for you guys in any case! :wink:

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by vinyl master » 07 Jul 2019 00:31

Oh, and a platter was initially the large, flat metal plate on a gramophone (aka phonograph, turntable, etc.) that phonographic records were placed on, taken from the Anglo-Norman "plater", which means "large dish"...Eventually, a platter became slang for the records themselves or as Merriam-Webster puts it, a "sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove."

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by JoeE SP9 » 07 Jul 2019 17:09

I remember seeing those "cases" for 45's. We never called them platter packs back then. That's my memory from the late 50's and early to middle 60's (I was 10 in 1957). In any case, I've never had or needed one. Collecting 45's has never appealed to me. IME most of them sound awful.

I went in the service in 1966. After buying my first LP in 1967 I've been collecting 12" vinyl ever since.

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by Mrs Ritchie Valens » 20 Jul 2019 23:09

Vinyl Master and Joe,
Thanks for all that cool info!! I love my platter packs!! Their soooooooooo cute, and just retro, and perfect!!
Joe,
That's too bad you don't like 45's. You can actually find some that sound really good. It's true though, that yes, some of them sound really bad; but they don't have to.

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by mysticfred » 21 Jul 2019 16:20

i ordered one of these 1950s record cases or platter packs from the US a few years ago for my 78's, works great but very heavy!

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by Mrs Ritchie Valens » 21 Jul 2019 23:38

Yeah, I reeeeeeeeeeally need to get me some record crates for my 33's/ 78's.

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by vinyl master » 22 Jul 2019 00:45

They do make Platter-Paks for the larger LP's, as well...I have quite a few of them! 8)

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by Mrs Ritchie Valens » 22 Jul 2019 23:56

Well, I bet they do, but somehow, I really just picture them for 45's. They just seem cuter to me that way I guess.
Where can you find them?

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Re: How Did, 'Platter Packs get their name?

Post by vinyl master » 23 Jul 2019 01:32

Well, here again is a picture of a couple of the larger ones, obtained for me from one of the members here, Big B5515!

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When I saw them on one of his thrift store runs here, I asked him to pick them up for me and send them out...I'm always looking for good cases in which to store vinyl records!

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I also found another green one similar to the one above, along with a red one and a gold one in the same style at my local antique mall...

Thrift stores, antique shops, flea markets and record stores are good places to look for them, as well...

Here are some places in or near Williamsburg you could check out...

https://www.facebook.com/lightfootantiquemall/
https://www.facebook.com/TheJeffersonFleaMarket/
https://m.facebook.com/pages/Bellwood-D ... 1510079485
https://m.facebook.com/Azalea-Flea-Mark ... 282652706/
https://antiqueswilliamsburg.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lake-Cou ... 7792433840
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Now-and- ... 4938882129

Of course, EBay and Craigslist are other thoughts...

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