Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
This Message On Hold telephone answering machine was designed for business use. The user would connect the device to their phone line so that an incoming caller could listen to music and messages while their call was on hold. This allowed the business to entertain their callers as well as providing a sales opportunity. The digital message unit is an early model made by DMS Corporation. The associated cassette recorder is marked "Panasonic".
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Object Name
recording device
telephone message player
answering machine
date made
ca 1990
Digital Message Systems Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
message unit: 2 1/2 in x 8 in x 7 in; 6.35 cm x 20.32 cm x 17.78 cm
cassette recorder: 2 1/4 in x 6 in x 10 in; 5.715 cm x 15.24 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Magnetic Recording
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
from DMS Corporation, through J.B. Seligman and Byron Lancaster
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