This page needs review as it introduces a lot of material that is not relevant to the topic of what a Flexi disc is. For example:
> "Flexible records were commercially introduced as the Evatone Soundsheet in 1960, but were previously available in the Soviet Union as roentgenizdat or bones, underground recordings on x-ray plates."
The history of the roentgenizdat goes back to at least the 1930s, but the "Flexible record" to 1916 with the Marconi label, which were made on a fibrous compound. Cardboard records made their bow in 1930, and all are in a sense "flexible." The term flexidisc as such should refer only to the plastic soundsheets of the kind manufactured by Eva-Tone; the history of the roentgenizdat is a seperate issue entirely and should have its own Wikiarticle, linked to this one.
> "For this reason, most flexi discs had a spot on the face of the disc for a coin, or other small, flat, weighted object to increase the friction with the turntable surface and enforce consistent rotation. If the turntable's surface is not completely flat, it is recommended that the Flexidisc be placed on top of a full sized record."
Some flexidiscs did have a spot on the disc for a coin, but not "most." A flexidisc will slide around on top of another record just as easily as it will placed directly on the turntable; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes the only way to play a badly warped flexi is to tape it to the surface of another record, or a piece of cardboard with a center hole cut to allow for the spindle. Some flexis were issued with a cardboard backing already affixed to it that you could fold under the disc.
In any event, I can't recall EvaTone or anyone else recommending that you use another record underneath a flexidisc, so one wonders if the phrase "it is recommended" is impartial.
One of the most important flexi-disc type of records was left out, the Philco/Ford Hip-Pocket records. These were small two-sided plastic records, like the ill-fated Americom discs, but were the standard 45 rpm speed. They came in full color picture envelopes of the artists and included some of the most popular artists of the day. Included were: Wilson Pickett, Neil Diamond, Five Americans, Tommy James and the Shondells, The Doors,The Young Rascals, etc. They were introduced with Philco miniature 45 rpm phonographs the size of a medium-sized transistor radios and ran on batteries. Philco also had larger portable multi-speed battery operated phonographs, both stereo and mono, and some even had radios. These type of portable phonographs, now ith USB connections, are becoming more common today in 2008.
The Hip-Pocket records originally sold for 69 cents each(which was a little less than the regular 7" 45 rpm record of the late 1960's, and were sold at Philco/Ford electronics dealers. These was also a children's series of Hip-Pocket flexi-discs that were included in boxes of breakfast cereal.
Philco was at the top of radio and phonograph production from the 1920's-on into the 1960's. They were first and foremost in electronic entertainment. Even back in the 1940's they produced unconventionable phonographs that used a beam of light to play records. When the microgroove LP was introduced by CBS in 1948, Philco responded by adding a second tone-arm, plus speed switch, to their higher level phonographs. They also introduced attachment-type phonographs that plugged in to your radio/amplifier to play the new LP's. All were made by Philco but sold under various brand names.
Ford Motor Company absorbed Philco in the 1960's and proceded to bury it. Today, you only see new Philco-named nostalgia electronics made in Asia, with NO connection to the original company. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 21:07, 6 September 2008 (UTC)