Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
This PhoneMate model PM-800S answering machine bears a label that reads: "California Public Utilities Commission Equipment Authorized for Direct Connection to Telephone Network." The Bell System resisted the development of telephone answering machines for several reasons, one of which was fear that devices produced outside of Bell’s tightly controlled research and testing environment might prove harmful to the overall system. California regulators adopted a certification program whereby manufacturers could demonstrate that their equipment would not damage Bell equipment, and hence was safe for customers to use.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
ca 1975
maker
PhoneMate
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11.4 cm x 24.7 cm x 30.5 cm; 4 1/2 in x 9 3/4 in x 12 in
ID Number
2000.0101.07
catalog number
2000.0101.07
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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