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.”
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
ca 1976
maker
TT Systems Corp.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
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
2000.0101.11
catalog number
2000.0101.11
accession number
2000.0101
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Magnetic Recording
Communications
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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