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.
- Science Museum, Challenge of Materials Gallery
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- brass (copper, zinc alloy), copper (alloy), cotton (fibre), phenol formaldehyde (unspecified), rubber (unidentified), steel (metal)
overall (with lead): 155 mm x 310 mm x 170 mm, 1.72kg
- component - object
- BT Group plc
- Permanent collection
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