Card Dialer Business Phone, 1962

Summary

This Western Electric Card Dialer phone used punch cards to encode business information and to communicate with corporate computers. This phone would have been part of a system purchased by a large business. Each of the alphabetical cards would have stored useful telephone numbers; the other punch cards would have held programs to run on a central computer.

This Western Electric Card Dialer phone used punch cards to encode business information and to communicate with corporate computers. This phone would have been part of a system purchased by a large business. Each of the alphabetical cards would have stored useful telephone numbers; the other punch cards would have held programs to run on a central computer.

Artifact

Telephone

Date Made

1962

Creators

Western Electric Company 

Place of Creation

United States 

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Collections Platform

Object ID

89.0.767.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Plastic (Organic material)
Composite material
Metal

Color

Beige (Color)
Gray (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 4.375 in

Width: 9.5 in

Length: 8.5 in

Inscriptions

On handset: Western Electric / MADE IN USA / G3 On bottom: BELL SYSTEM / MADE BY / Western Electric / 661A1 / TEL SET / 11-62 Buttons for punched cards: RELEASE / START

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