Saturday, April 4, 2015

Some History - The Merry Barn

In the 1950s and 1960s, Howie Davidson operated a dance hall in "The Merry Barn".  Several years ago, a friend called me up to say he had inherited Howie's sound system for the dance hall.  Howie also had a Califone portable sound system that he would take with him to "record hops" at local high schools.  This is when I acquired the GE S-1201D loudspeaker I first connected to the first two sections of the Sound Transformer.  At the Merry Barn, Howie had several of the GE S-1201D speakers in open back plywood boxes suspended from barn beams around the perimeter of the dance hall.  On each of the plywood baffle fronts was a decal portraying a couple of young people square dancing.


Decal Of Square Dancing On Speaker Baffle
Decal Of Square Dancing On Speaker Baffle

Decal Of Square Dancing On Speaker Baffle
Decal Of Square Dancing On Speaker Baffle
My classmates and I used to attend record hops hosted by Howie at Lincoln Academy and at the Merry Barn.  Howie would play 45 RPM records of all of the hits popular at the time.  I remember being particularly impressed with the Merry Barn sound system and the Califone portable, with Hilton Turntable, that Howie would play at the school gymnasium.


Califone Portable Speakers
Califone Portable Speakers


Califone Portable Speakers
Califone Portable Speakers

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