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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
ca 1982
Ford Industries, Inc.
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
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
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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