Tuesday, August 31, 2010

no c.l _!cks please

I am so happy to see people viewing my page.

<I> I hope a significant number of people view my page and then promptly move on without doing anything else! </i>

Man I sure wish I had an A1 desk stand, but here's a B1

As telephones evolved from the candlestick, the next desk stands to appear were of the variety with handsets and in some cases dials. Here is a Western Electric "B Mounting" dial desk stand.  This was Western Electric's more widely manufactured desk stand, which followed the much sought after A1 desk stand.  The B1 here is often referred to as a "102" since they were usually wired for sidetone.

Monday, August 30, 2010

This one was hanging on my grandma's wall all throughout my childhood. Still got'r

his Samson telephone would have been used in a stand-alone setting perhaps in a small office or a large home. Each telephone connected in the system could be individually signalled from the buttons on the face of the phone. Samson made this particular model (Pattern 351) with a variety of available station buttons, up to 12 according to a late-1920s catalog. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I am jsut salivationg at the thought of adding one of these to my collection

During the years of 1894 and 1895, Walter Wilhelm, an electrician, experimented with telephone transmitters.  This lead to the Double Diaphragm which is a trademark of the Wilhelm telephones.  The unique transmitter was assigned the Canadian patent number 51,649 on March 13, 1896 and the U.S. Patent number 557,741 on April 7, 1896.
Most Wilhelm telephones are like other phones with the exception of the transmitter which contains two separate chambers and diaphragms.  Sound waves strike on both sides of the same electrode after traveling through two tubes which branch from a single mouthpiece.  The transmitter is easily recognizable being about the size of a baseball with the mouthpiece measuring 21/2 " in diameter.
The Wilhelm Telephone Mfg. company of Buffalo, New York was formed in November 1898 and tried several times to sell its transmitter to the Bell System.  The Bell System tested the transmitter but decided that it would not suit their purpose.  By 1913 the company ceased operations.
The instrument as shown is a ten line candlestick.  The oak base measures 6"wide by 7"deep by 2 1/2 " high.  The entire phone stands 14" tall.  The ornate fluted shaft, stem, hook and transmitter is made of nickeled brass.  At the rear of the base, a small brass cup, when removed, reveals a buzzer.  Although Wilhelm phones were furnished with Bi-polar Ericsson receivers, this instrument has a solid receiver. 

All about telephones

I absolutely love telephones so here are some telephones I wish I owned.

Model: AE 50 Monophone 
Made by: Automatic Electric Co.
From: 1937-1956
Materials: bakelite body and handset 
Nicknamed 'the jukebox.' Came in plain black or colored bakelite body; silver, brass or gold brushed handset bands and finger wheels, deluxe extensicord.