Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief)
This Code-A-Phone 700 answering machine was produced in 1966, several years before a series of legal battles forced Bell Telephone to allow connection of non-Bell equipment to their telephone lines. Ultimately the Code-A-Phone was produced by Ford Industries with parts made by Western Electric, the Bell System’s manufacturing unit. Having decided that they could not prevent the use of answering machines, Bell used Code-A-Phone in an attempt to control the market.
Currently not on view
Object Name
telephone answering machine
recording device
answering machine
date made
Western Electric
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
steel (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
overall: 12.7 cm x 35.5 cm x 39.4 cm; 5 in x 13 31/32 in x 15 1/2 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 Richard S. Otto
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