Jones 50-line switchboard, 1879.

Made:
1879 in Cincinnati
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50-line manual telephone switchboard by Jones Brothers, Cincinatti, USA, 1879. Three quarter view of whole object on
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50-line manual telephone switchboard by Jones Brothers, Cincinatti, USA, 1879. Three quarter view of whole object on
Science Museum Group Collection
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50-line manual telephone switchboard by Jones Brothers, Cincinatti, USA, 1879. Three quarter detail view on graduated
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50-line manual telephone switchboard by Jones Brothers, Cincinatti, USA, 1879. Detail view. From a colour transparency
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50-line manual telephone switchboard by Jones Brothers, Cincinatti, USA, 1879. Detail view. From a colour transparency
Science Museum Group Collection
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50-line manual telephone switchboard, made by Jones Brothers, Cincinatti, USA, 1879

This is an early example of an American peg-and-cord switchboard for telephones. This switchboard was one of the first to be installed in Norway by the Bell Company, after first being used in the United States. It was in use at Drammen from 1880-1889. The switchboard could support 50 subscribers, and above each socket was an indicator light that shows when a subscriber was calling.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
1923-277
Materials:
bakelite, copper (alloy), iron, metal (unknown), paint, plastic (unidentified) and wood (unidentified)
type:
switchboard
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by the Institution of Electrical Engineers