Telephone Answering Machine

Description (Brief):

The model 1100 Code-a-Phone was one of several telephone answering machines Ford industries produced in the early 1980s. Not everyone appreciated the new technology. Some callers, offended to be talking to a machine instead of a person, would hang up when the machine began playing the outgoing message. Sensing a market opportunity, Ford Industries began selling an inexpensive book, “How To Make Your Code-a-Phone Talk Funny,” with the goal of using humor to smooth ruffled feathers.

Date Made: ca 1982

Maker: Ford Industries, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

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


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from PhoneTel Communications Inc., thru Daniel Henderson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2000.0101.05Catalog Number: 2000.0101.05Accession Number: 2000.0101

Object Name: telephone answering machinerecording deviceanswering machine

Physical Description: metal (overall material)plastic (overall material)Measurements: overall: 11.4 cm x 21.5 cm x 27.9 cm; 4 1/2 in x 8 7/16 in x 11 in


Record Id: nmah_1299447

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