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Following the outbreak of World War 2 production of gramophones at EMI's Hayes plant came to a halt during the summer of 1941. Production resumed once more in 1945 with the first 20,000 machines going to meet a Ministry of Supply order for the armed forces.
The Ministry of Supply had been set up in 1939 to co-ordinate supplies to the three services of the armed forces. I guess, my 102D was one of these 20,000. The ivorine plate shows it was made in 1945 as it is stamped with the code "B over 9" indicating a date of 1936+9 years i.e. 1945. The other 102D's that year went to export along with "equipments" i.e. parts for assembly in other countries.
Like all MOS 102's mine has the extra features of an instruction plaque, 2 Tungstyle clips and a winding hole cover attached to the lid. Like other 102D's it is powered by the No 270-D motor and uses a No 5B soundbox.
Production dates all models: 1931 - 1958
HMV 102D: 1941 - 51 (MOS model 1945)
Soundbox: HMV No. 5B
Motor: Type 270D
Autobrake: No. 6