United States Bicentennial Telephone, circa 1976

Summary

In 1973, AT&T partnered with Henry Dreyfuss & Associates to create a collection of specialty "Design Line" telephones--allowing customers to tailor their technology to fit their home decor. Candlestick models in the Design Line included a stars and stripes version, commemorating the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial. Many mid-1970s products associated themselves with this celebration by using patriotic color schemes.

In 1973, AT&T partnered with Henry Dreyfuss & Associates to create a collection of specialty "Design Line" telephones--allowing customers to tailor their technology to fit their home decor. Candlestick models in the Design Line included a stars and stripes version, commemorating the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial. Many mid-1970s products associated themselves with this celebration by using patriotic color schemes.

Artifact

Telephone

Date Made

circa 1976

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

97.50.3

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ameritech Corporate Archives.

Material

Plastic
Metal

Color

Blue
Red
White (Color)
Gold (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 12 in

Width: 5.625 in

Length: 9.5 in

Inscriptions

on telephone: THE CANDLESTICK TELEPHONE / AMERICAN TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION / EL MONTE, CALIFORNIA PATENT PENDING 881A108 / 2-75D / MADE IN U.S.A. / LOUD / SERIAL #B24874 / THE TELEPHONE HOUSING IS / YOUR PROPERTY. TO ASSURE / QUALITY OF SERVICE, ALL / WORKING PARTS, e.g., DIAL, / CORDS, AND ELECTRICAL COM- / PONENTS REMAIN THE PROP- / ERTY AND RESPONSIBILITY / OF THE TELEPHONE COMPANY / WESTERN ELECTRIC

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