Phone Holder Has Bell in Base (Feb, 1935)

Phone Holder Has Bell in Base

A NEW telephone holder, designed to eliminate unsightly bell boxes from walls and desks, contains both bell and wiring connections in its base.

It is constructed entirely of bakelite, is 5-3/4 inches wide and 7-3/4 inches deep. Due to its compact arrangement, it can accommodate all the standard equipment in this small space.

The holder is designed to work either with or without the dial arrangement.

The Perfect Secretary—a Machine (Apr, 1933)

The Perfect Secretary—a Machine
LEAVING his office for a few minutes, M. Keiser, inventor of the televoice, hooks up the gadget shown below with his telephone. Drama ensues. When phone rings, the machine lifts receiver, advises via phonograph record that “Mr. Keiser is not in, but requests that you leave your message, which will be automatically recorded.” Through a dictaphone arrangement, caller’s words are transcribed to wax cylinder, whence they are audibly reproduced for Mr. Keiser at his convenience, as often as he wants to hear them.


What they don’t mention is that the fellow in the picture is named Marcus Googlethorpe.


Offering to answer any reasonable question telephoned to its office, a firm dealing in general information is said to have set up business in New York City. Subscribers to the service are permitted to put as many queries to the “question shop” as they desire. Each patron is given a code name and. it is reported, can receive aid from the station at any hour of the day or night. It is also claimed that eighty per cent of the queries do not require more than two minutes for an answer.

Pennies For Wings (Jul, 1939)

Pennies For Wings

The voice of a friend. Reassuring words from father, mother, son or daughter. A hurried call for aid in the night. You cannot set a price on
such things as these.

Yet this is true — telephone service is cheap in this country. No other people get so much service, and such good and courteous service, at such low cost.


New Automatic Device Answers Phone, Records Message (Aug, 1934)

New Automatic Device Answers Phone, Records Message

PAUL H. ROWE, a Los Angeles sound engineer, has perfected a nearly human robot that answers his telephone perfectly when he is out.

The ringing of the telephone bell starts this ingenious machine operating, and whatever the caller says is received by a microphone and recorded. When Rowe returns, he is able to listen to whatever messages have come in.



Daily, as upon a magic loom, the world is bound together by telephone. There, in a tapestry of words, is woven the story of many lives and the pattern of countless activities.

In and out of the switchboard move the cords that intertwine the voices of communities and continents. Swiftly, skilfully, the operator picks up the thread of speech and guides it across the miles. Constantly at her finger-tips are your contacts with people near and far.

Vest-Pocket Telephones (Jun, 1939)

Vest-Pocket Telephones

A telephone that can be carried about and used anywhere without connecting wires is a possibility in the near future. Research on the project has been carried on for several years by the Southern California Telephone Company and, according to latest reports, is now nearing practical application.

Wire Thrower Lays Army Telephone Line (Jul, 1942)

Wire Thrower Lays Army Telephone Line

LAYING a mile of telephone wire in two minutes is a simple three-man job with the Army’s new wire-throwing device. This 600-pound machine, usually mounted on a 21/2-ton truck, literally squirts wire along a roadside at the rate of 30 to 35 miles per hour. By adjusting the angle of a special ejector, the line can be thrown as high as 40 feet in the air in order to clear obstacles.

Spring-Arm Phone Holder Leaves Both Hands Free (Sep, 1948)

Spring-Arm Phone Holder Leaves Both Hands Free

Holding the telephone ready for use, a “third hand” of flexible steel leaves both the operator’s hands free to take notes during phone conversations. The spring arm holds the receiver to the ear and can be adjusted to the height and position of the user. The third hand was developed in Australia.

Planning high-speed business (May, 1929)

Planning high-speed business

An Advertisement of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company

More than 95% of the telephone calls from one town to another in the Bell System are now on a high-speed basis. This holds whether the call is from New Orleans to Boston or from New York to Oyster Bay.

Even if it is a long call, the operator in many cases now asks you to hold the telephone while the call is put through.