‘School telephone’ in polished wood case, 1921-1940

Made:
1921-1940 in United Kingdom
maker:
General Post Office

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'School telephone' in polished wood case FH33-234 no.222, General Post Office, British, 1921-1940. During the first
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'School telephone' in polished wood case FH33-234 no.222, General Post Office, British, 1921-1940. During the first
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

'School telephone' in polished wood case FH33-234 no.222, General Post Office, British, 1921-1940. During the first
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

'School telephone' in polished wood case FH33-234 no.222, General Post Office, British, 1921-1940. During the first
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

'School telephone' in polished wood case FH33-234 no.222, General Post Office, British, 1921-1940. During the first
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

'School telephone' in polished wood case FH33-234 no.222, General Post Office, British, 1921-1940. During the first
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

School telephone in polished wood case, 1921-1940. Three quarter front view on grey background.
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School telephone in polished wood case, 1921-1940. Front view on grey background.
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School telephone in polished wood case, 1921-1940. Detail view on grey background.
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'School telephone' in polished wood case, FH33-234 no.222, made by the General Post Office, British, 1921-1940.

During the first half of the twentieth century the British Post Office undertook many campaigns to promote the use of telephones. This ‘opened-out’ telephone would have been one of a pair taken round to schools to show pupils how telephones worked and to encourage familiarity in handling them. It was intended to introduce schoolchildren and others to the new automatic telephone system being introduced in the 1930s. It was entirely self contained so did not need a subscriber's line to function.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2004-106
Materials:
metal (unknown), paper (fibre product) and wood (unidentified)
type:
telephone, electric and phone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by BT Heritage and Archives

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