Trimphone in two-tone green, 1982

Made:
1982 in United Kingdom

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Group of 3 Trimphones from left to right, 2004-117 Trimphone, green, 2004-116 Trimphone (dummy), mushroom coloured and
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Trimphone, green. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
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Trimphone, green. Front 3/4 view of whole object against graduated grey background.
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Group of 3 Trimphones from left to right, 2004-117 Trimphone, green, 2004-116 Trimphone (dummy), mushroom coloured and
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Two-tone green Trimphone with dial (tele 8772G), also known as a Phoenixphone, from the Snowdon Collection, manufactured for British Telecom, British, 1982.

The Trimphone was first introduced in 1965, and was a thoroughly modern phone, with its small and narrow design, 'warbling' ring tone (as opposed to the tradition bell), and luminous dial (although this feature was discontinued due to worries about radiation, as they were illuminated with tritium gas). The Trimphone design was varied several times over the years, including a version with push-button dialling rather than a dial, and a set of luxury, leather-clad phones, also known as Deltaphones. This was the final new development in the design of the Trimphone. The Pheonixphone was a re-introduction of the earlier design. The first set of 'phoenix phones' were known as the Snowdon collection, with six new colour scheme chosen by 'leading design consultants', with Lord Snowdon, Queen Elizabeth's brother-in-law, believed to be one of them.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2004-117
Materials:
electronic components, metal (unknown), plastic (unidentified)
type:
telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by BT Heritage and Archives
status:
Permanent collection

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