Dial telephone, ivory, 200 series

Made:
1945-1959 in United Kingdom
maker:
Unknown

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Science Museum Group Collection
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200 series dial telephone, ivory colour, unsigned, British, 1945-1959

In 1930 improvements in microphone design and the availability of new types of plastic made it possible to design a telephone where styling was as important as technical performance. This telephone was one of the earliest designs in Britain to use thermosetting plastic on a large scale, and allowed a choice of colours to be offered to the customer. Colours other than black, however, required an increased rental charge. This example is in ivory, and was selected from the former BT collection because it represented a good example of a typical telephone used in British homes in the 1930s.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2004-131
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (alloy), cotton (fibre), phenol formaldehyde (unspecified), rubber (unidentified), steel (metal)
Measurements:
overall (with lead): 155 mm x 310 mm x 170 mm, 1.72kg
type:
telephone, phone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
BT Group plc
status:
Permanent collection

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