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.

Date Made: 1966

Maker: Western Electric

Location: Currently not on view

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


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: from Richard S. Otto

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1996.0224.01Catalog Number: 1996.0224.01Accession Number: 1996.0224

Object Name: telephone answering machinerecording deviceanswering machine

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)steel (overall material)rubber (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12.7 cm x 35.5 cm x 39.4 cm; 5 in x 13 31/32 in x 15 1/2 in


Record Id: nmah_995222

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