Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
While some answering machines used special recording formats, this model 757 “Dictaphone” used standard cassettes for both incoming and outgoing messages. The user could set the machine to record a 30 second incoming message or use a “continuous” setting to record however long a message the caller wanted to leave. A text transcription of the outgoing message shows this machine was used at the Indiana University Dental Clinic.
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Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
ca 1985
Pitney Bowes
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 7.6 cm x 25.4 cm x 33 cm; 3 in x 10 in x 13 in
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 PhoneTel Communications Inc., thru Daniel Henderson
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