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Strowger automatic telephone, 1901-1910
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Title
Strowger automatic telephone, 1901-1910
Strowger table pattern telephone
Work Type
Telecommunications
Date
1901-1910
Location
Chicago
Material
cardboard; complete; metal; nickel plated; phenolic; textile
Description
Strowger table pattern telephone, manufactured by the Automatic Electric Company, Chicago, United States, 1901-1910; Strowger table pattern telephone, manufactured by the Automatic Electric Company, Chicago, United States, 1901-1910.; These telephones worked with automatic telephone exchanges, which appeared in the USA about twenty years before the UK. The principle of operation was devised by Almon Strowger (1839-1902), a funeral director in Kansas City, because the wife of his business rival worked in the local telephone exchange, and Strowger believed that she deliberately connected calls intended for him to his rival. This 'pot bellied' phone is well made, and was intended to be seen as well as used. The user would dial the desired number, then press the button of the base of the telephone to ring the other line.
Repository
Science Museum, Information Age Gallery: Exchange
Donated by BT Heritage and Archives
Subject
telephone
ID Number
co33201
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group - https://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk
Rights
The source metadata displayed in the Description field is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. All other source metadata is released under Creative Commons Zero - https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/. The image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.
File Properties
File Name
large_1926_1056__0002_.jpg
SSID
26287098

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