Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
This “AutoMatic TelePhone” unit combines an answering machine with a telephone. Like many early answering machines, the tape is not in a removable format. Twenty minutes of recording time is permitted before the tape must be erased and reset to the beginning. A more advanced model featured a remote access feature that allowed the user to use a small tone-generator to activate the machine from any telephone.
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
American Telecommunications Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 11 in x 10 in; 12.7 cm x 27.90012 cm x 25.4 cm
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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