A Western Electric 618A dynamic microphone (1930s/1940s) with a dedicated Cannon socket (unlike the clamp plug system as used previously). This particular microphone,(which originated from the CBS television studios-circa 1950- in New York), has a stand mounting probably unique to CBS. This microphone is an original item with it's provenance delightfully scratched on
An original microphone from the 1930s with it's unique lever-operated (but clumsy) cable connector. The Western Electric No. 618A is an important historical mic. It was the world’s first dynamic (moving coil) mic (developed by Bell Labs) and introduced in 1931. It quickly became a favorite of US broadcasters as an all-purpose studio mic. It was used also as a 1930s newsreel mic and notably by Franklyn D. Roosevelt for his US radio ‘fireside chats’.