Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
Telephone answering machines in the mid-twentieth century used a variety of recording media, some standard, some special. This TT Systems TeleTender IV used both. The incoming message was recorded on a standard tape cassette inserted into the top of the machine in the same manner as a portable cassette player. The outgoing message, however, was recorded on a small cartridge inserted into a slot on the side of the machine. Less than half the size of an 8-track cartridge, the cartridge received with this object is labeled, “Sunday - Summer.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
ca 1976
TT Systems Corp.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 10.2 cm x 28.5 cm x 24.1 cm; 4 in x 11 1/4 in x 9 1/2 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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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