Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
PhoneMate’s model 5000 answering machine sold for about $120 in the late 1980s. In order to save space many answering machine makers adopted a tape cartridge that was much smaller than the standard audio cassette. The model 5000 took this miniaturization one step further by reducing the size of entire machine. One advertisement shows the unit being held in a man’s hand.
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Object Name
answering machine
recording device
date made
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 5 cm x 15 cm x 10 cm; 1 15/16 in x 5 7/8 in x 3 15/16 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
model 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 PhoneMate, thru Shun Yamaura
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