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Name Telephone
Description Telephone, circa 1940s Stromberg-Carlson art deco 1258 style wall mounted vintage telephone. It has a crank on the side for the ringer and no dial. This type of phone was used for connecting to the switchboard operator, who would then place your call.
The Stromberg Carlson Telephone Company was started by two Chicago Bell Telephone Company employees, Alfred Stromberg & Androv Carlson in 1894, the year Alexander Graham Bell's telephone patent expired. Their phone became known as the 'farmer's telephone' or 'farmer's friend' because of the quality and reliability of its phone in rural areas.
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Catalog Number 2004.049
Subjects Sycamore
Search Terms Stromberg-Carlson
"Farmers' Friend"
Telephone
Communication
Size H-8.5 W-4 L-6 inches