Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
This Phonetel model KH-141B answering machine used a removable cartridge to record telephone calls. This unit, with just a few simple controls, was imported from Hashimoto Corporation of Japan. The founder of that company, Kazuo Hashimoto, held several answering machine patents.
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
ca 1980
Hashimoto Corporation, Ltd.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 7.6 cm x 23.5 cm x 20.3 cm; 3 in x 9 1/4 in x 8 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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