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Wall Phone

Wall telephoneThe wall telephone became more compact when systems provided power from the telephone office, and batteries were no longer needed in each phone. A dial was added for use with automatic switching equipment, and a combined handset replaced the separate transmitter and receiver components. Early models still had wood housings but Bakelite plastic was introduced in the 1930s.



Evolution of The Wooden Box Telephone
As telephone technology grew more sophisticated, telephones reduced in physical size. This brief video segment features a display that shows the early evolution of the wooden box telephones used at the turn of the 20th century. Watch!
 

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