Table telephone No. 2, 1906-1959

Made:
1906-1959 in Beeston
supplier:
General Post Office

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Table telephone No. 2, manufactured by Ericsson Telephones Limited for the General Post Office, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, England, 1906-1959.

The GPO gave all wall telephone models odd numbers and table telephones even numbers. Candlestick telephones were used on the new exchanges that did not require a local battery. It had a heavy base to ensure that the microphone was held in a vertical or near-vertical position, as they worked more efficiently when in this position. A separate bell set had to be provided, as there was no space for one on or in the phone. This telephone does not have a dial, as it was used on a manual telephone exchange.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1959-303
Materials:
bakelite, copper (alloy), metal (unknown), wood (unidentified)
type:
telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
From the Post Office Engineering Department
status:
Permanent collection

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