That was then
Established in 1885, the Northern Electric and Manufacturing Company began as a small Canadian telephone equipment supplier. Based in Belleville, Ontario, the company primarily manufactured products for use by Bell Telephone Company of Canada, although it also made some consumer electronics products such as radios, TV sets, console radio-phonographs, hi-fi amplifiers and movie theater sound equipment.
In this picture, which dates back to February 1965, is a Northern Electric transportable production center — or as some may say “two turntables and a microphone.” The unit offered two 12” turntables, full cue, monitor and switching facilities and six inputs with plug-in pads for high and low input options. For maintenance purposes, an engineer just had to remove three screws and all the parts were easily accessed.