Telephone Answering Machine

Telephone Answering Machine

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Description (Brief)
PhoneMate’s model 5000 answering machine sold for about $120 in the late 1980s. In order to save space many answering machine makers adopted a tape cartridge that was much smaller than the standard audio cassette. The model 5000 took this miniaturization one step further by reducing the size of entire machine. One advertisement shows the unit being held in a man’s hand.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
answering machine
recording device
date made
1989
maker
PhoneMate
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 cm x 15 cm x 10 cm; 1 15/16 in x 5 7/8 in x 3 15/16 in
ID Number
1989.0371.01
accession number
1989.0371
catalog number
1989.0371.01
model number
5000
Credit Line
from PhoneMate, thru Shun Yamaura
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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