232 telephone, 1934-1957

Made:
1934-1957 in United Kingdom
Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Top three quarter view. Horizontal format. Graduated grey background. Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Top three quarter view. Vertical format. Graduated grey background. Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Front view. Black background. Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Front view. Black background. Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Front view. Black background. wiring digitally removed.

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Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Top three quarter view. Horizontal format. Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Top three quarter view. Vertical format. Graduated grey background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Front view. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Front view. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Telephone 1/232CB S55/2, ivory, introduced 1934. Front view. Black background. wiring digitally removed.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Telephone 1/232CB S55/2 in ivory, unknown maker for the General Post Office, British, 1934-1957.

The introduction of plastics that could be mixed with pigments, such as urea formaldehyde, meant that the Post Office could offer telephones in a range of colours. The 232 was available in ivory, red and green as well as the standard black. It could also be fitted with a small tray at the base, into which could be slotted cards showing dialling codes for the local area.

Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
2004-134
Materials:
electronic components, metal (unknown), paper (fibre product), plastic (unidentified), textile and urea formaldehyde
type:
telephone
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Donated by BT Heritage and Archives