Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief):

In 1971, PhoneMate introduced the Model 400 answering machine that held twenty messages on a reel-to-reel tape. An earphone allowed the user to listen privately to incoming messages. Bell Telephone resisted the introduction of answering machines for many years, fearful that people would make fewer calls if they thought they might be recorded.

Date Made: ca 1974

Maker: PhoneMate

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Japan

See more items in: Work and Industry: Electricity, Magnetic Recording, Communications


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from PhoneMate, thru Shun Yamaura

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0371.03Accession Number: 1989.0371Catalog Number: 1989.0371.03Model Number: 400

Object Name: answering machinerecording device

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9 cm x 24 cm x 30 cm; 3 9/16 in x 9 7/16 in x 11 13/16 inmicrophone: 4 1/2 in x 1 1/4 in; 11.43 cm x 3.175 cm


Record Id: nmah_1292439

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