XD30712a 1960s KENNER TOYS TV COMMERCIALS SWINGSTER RECORD PLAYER SPIROGRAPH DRAWING SET

Dating to the late 1960s / early 1970s, these commercials for Kenner Toys’ Swingster record player and the Spirograph. The Swingster was designed for both use with albums and .45s.

Spirograph is a geometric drawing device that produces mathematical roulette curves of the variety technically known as hypotrochoids and epitrochoids. The toy version was developed by British engineer Denys Fisher and first sold in 1965.

The Swingster was a portable, transistorized, battery-operated record player designed for children. It had a unique design where the tone arm rode on a steel rod which at the end or record play could be lifted to raise the tone arm and automatically place the needle back at the beginning of the record with ease. It was not a commercial success.

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