Edison telephone, 1879

Made:
1879 in United States
maker:
Unknown
inventor:
Thomas Alva Edison

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Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver, 1879, possibly British or American. This telephone incorporates Edison's
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Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver, 1879, possibly British or American. This telephone incorporates Edison's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver, 1879, possibly British or American. This telephone incorporates Edison's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver, 1879, possibly British or American. This telephone incorporates Edison's
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver. Front view of whole object on grey background.
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Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver. Theee quarter front view of whole object on grey background.
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Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver. Detail view of bell.
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Wall telephone with Edison chalk receiver, unknown maker, probably United States, 1879.

This telephone incorporates Thomas Edison's (1841-1901) carbon button transmitter and 'chalk' receiver, and was of the type provided to subscribers to the Edison Telephone Company of London Ltd telephone exchange in 1879-80. Users had to turn a handle continuously to rotate the chalk cylinder of the receiver.

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Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1953-117
Materials:
brass (copper, leather, paint, plastic (unidentified), rubber (unidentified), steel (metal), wood (unidentified), zinc alloy)
type:
telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by the Institution of Electrical Engineers
status:
Permanent collection

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