Telephone - Magneto Series 300

Production date
1939
Country
Australia
State/Province
New South Wales
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Description
Black Bakelite desk telephone with turn handle on front dial and instructions for use printed on a round plate beneath the handle. Handset rests on cradle on top of phone, attached by a black cable. Another black cable connects the telephone to the plug.
Classification
CH classification COMMUNICATION Telephonic telephone
Production place
Measurements
L250 x W200 x H150 mm
Media/Materials description
Bakelite (Synthetic Materials)
Indeterminate (Metals - Indeterminate)
Indeterminate Textile (Textiles)
Plastics (Synthetic Materials)
Indeterminate (Paper)
Signature/Marks
TO CALL: -TURN HANDLE & LIFT HANDSET/WHEN FINISHED REPLACE HANDSET & TURN HANDLE
184 C4062/44
'P.V.e. \ J.O. No.T
I \ 94 \ 3442 \ P.V.O. wired
12938 \ W.5.11 \Repairer \ Tested by \ Date 12/11/1958
No 3406 \ 58 \ BLY's INDUSTRIES PTY. LTD. ROSEBERY N.S.W
3830 \ 43 \ No20 \ 4
History and use
The Magneto Table Handset 334MTH was one of the Australian-modified British Post Office Bakelite phones, produced in 1939. An alteration of the 1933 model, the base is moulded in one piece, without the small drawer for storing message paper. In the 1930s, the Australian Post Office charged a premium price for handset phones like these. Dial models were available in areas served by the automatic telephone exchange.

Using Bakelite in the telephone reduced receiver interference and enhanced sound and speech quality. It was also easy to mould into fashionable forms and was simple to keep clean. However, Bakelite was really only available in black, or variations thereof, because coloured models proved to fade too quickly.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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H3086

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