Description (Brief):

Thomas Carter and his Carterfone played a significant role in ending the Bell Telephone Company’s monopoly on telephone service in the United States. Carter’s device connected telephone and radio conversations without a wired electrical connection. At the time, the Bell Company owned most of the telephones in America and prohibited customers from using the device claiming that it might harm their network. Carter successfully sued the Bell System arguing that with no wired connection Carterfones could not damage the network. This and other legal cases undermined Bell’s arguments that only a monopoly could provide economical telephone service and the company was broken up in 1982.

Date Made: ca. 1967ca 1967

Patent Holder: Carter, Thomas F.Maker: Carter Electronics Corporation

Place Made: United States: Texas, Dallas

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

Exhibition: Inventing In America

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: from Thomas F. Carter

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1989.0504.01Accession Number: 1989.0504Catalog Number: 1989.0504.01Serial Number: 42544

Object Name: telephone interconnection

Measurements: overall: 11 cm x 12 cm x 28 cm; 4 5/16 in x 4 3/4 in x 11 in


Record Id: nmah_1292441

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