Disc-Go-Case: A Glorious ’70s Flashback
Back in the late ’60s, a company called Charter Industries invented a unique hip way to tote around a bunch of 45s. They called it a “Disc-Go-Case.” It was available in 7 colors: green, yellow, red, blue, brown, lavender, and pink. Each case would hold approximately 60 discs. I still own my green, “Disc-Go-Case.” I got mine in 1969 and quickly started to collect records. Some of the first 45s I got as a kid came from my Aunt Linda. The record she gave me was, “The Monster Mash,” by Bobby Boris Picket. The 45 still has her name on the original Garpax Records label from 1962.
The fun part was that it was easy to take to a friend’s house due to the neat handle built right into the top. The bottom half was a black base with a tube the size of the hole in a 45 record. When you put the top on it you would twist the handle and it had a plastic lock mechanism to keep it in place. A simple twist from the top would reveal the 45 records inside.
The Beatles Disc-Go-Case
For a kid, it was pretty cool to have one. I had a total of three Disc-Go-Cases: green, light blue, and bright yellow. I do have a collector’s blue one with, “The Beatles,” on it but it is a knockoff of an original version. My friend gave me a stencil of the Beatles and I put it on myself. Real Beatles Disc-Go-Cases can go for a lot of money. I saw one for 750 dollars! Check your parent’s attic… you never know what you will find. Garage finds are also fun especially if the records are still inside.
Record purists didn’t like the “Disc-Go-Case,” because of the way the 45s stacked up on each other. I find if you are careful of how you handle your records they won’t be damaged. Then again, I wouldn’t keep one of my super rare 45s in it. You might have a shot at finding one at a mom-and-pop record store, or garage sale. or online. I love the “Disc-Go-Case” for the memories it brings. One place I have seen originals in stock is Melodies & Memories in East Point Michigan
Toys That Ruled The Seventies