Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
The model 1100 Code-a-Phone was one of several telephone answering machines Ford industries produced in the early 1980s. Not everyone appreciated the new technology. Some callers, offended to be talking to a machine instead of a person, would hang up when the machine began playing the outgoing message. Sensing a market opportunity, Ford Industries began selling an inexpensive book, “How To Make Your Code-a-Phone Talk Funny,” with the goal of using humor to smooth ruffled feathers.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
ca 1982
maker
Ford Industries, Inc.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.4 cm x 21.5 cm x 27.9 cm; 4 1/2 in x 8 7/16 in x 11 in
ID Number
2000.0101.05
catalog number
2000.0101.05
accession number
2000.0101
subject
Communications
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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