Tapered Shaft Oil-Can Candlestick
plated, tapered shaft, aka "oil can" desk set. This rare set is known as
the oil can because of the way it looks upside down. It is equipped with
the ornate, well marked faceplate and the very hard to find "brass
bottomed" receiver. Tapered shaft upright desk sets were the
second form of "shaped" candlesticks.
This upright desk telephone was Stromberg Carlson's
first straight shaft candlestick telephone.
Chicago Genuine Straight Shaft Non-Dial Oil-Can
Chicago Telephone Supply Company
Gray Telephone Pay Station
Model 102 Round Base
The Western Electric
model 102 was the bell system's first handset telephone. This desk set
is equipped with the early seamless "spit-cup" E1 handset.
Model 202 Oval base
The Western Electric model 202 was
the bell system's second handset telephone. This desk set is equipped
with the early seamless "spit-cup" E1 handset.
11 digit Potbelly Dial Candlestick
Potbelly upright desk
sets were the first form of candlesticks.
This is the first dial
telephone. The inventor, Almon Strowger, was an undertaker in Kansas
City in the late 1800s. The wife of his only competitor worked the
switchboard at the local telephone exchange. Whenever a caller asked to
be put through to Strowger, she would instead deliberately put the call
through to her husband, his competitor. After spending years
complaining to his local telephone company, Strowger found a way to
solve this problem by developing the first automated telephone switch
out of electromagnets and hat pins. Strowger filed his patent
application on March 12, 1889, and it was issued on March 10,1891 as
patent No. 447,918. Strowger formed his company 'Strowger Automatic
Telephone Exchange' in October 1891. On November 3, 1892, the first
Strowger exchange was opened for public service in LaPorte, IN, with
about seventy-five subscribers.
When his system made
its debut, Almon Strowger bragged that his exchanges were "girl-less,
cuss-less, out-of-order-less, and wait-less."1
Straight-Shaft Dial Candlestick
The first rotary dial upright desk
set used by the independent telephone companies.
Transcontinental Call Telephone
plaque on the telephone reads: This instrument used by Maj. Henry L.
Higginson at Boston, Mass. To open the Transcontinental telephone line
with Thomas A. Watson at San Francisco, Cal. Monday evening January 25,
1915. Transmitter cutout & signal buttons added
Higginson, a civil war hero and founder of the
Boston Symphony, had long been a financial backer of American Bell
(which became American Telephone and Telegraph in 1900) by way of his
connection with the financial house of Lee, Higginson & Co.
AT&T staged several calling ceremonies in 1915.
The first call was initiated by Thomas Watson, Alexander Graham Bell's
former assistant, at the opening of the Pan-Pacific Exposition in
San Francisco. Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone
and co-founder of AT&T, led a group of dignitaries in New York.
AT&T President Theodore Vail spoke from Jekyll Island, Ga. And U.S.
President Woodrow Wilson spoke from the White House.
At one point during the call, someone asked Professor
Bell if he would repeat the first words he ever said over the telephone.
He obliged, picking up the phone and repeating Mr. Watson, come here, I
want you. To which Watson, in San Francisco, replied, It would take me
a week now.
The transcontinental telephone line
linked the Atlantic seaboard with the West Coast (and is often referred
to as the New York-San Francisco line). This was the first line to use
DeForest's audion--an early vacuum tube. Thus, it is often regarded as a
key event in the history of modern electronics.
Unidentified French Desk Telephone