Telephone - Colorfone 801

Production date
1963
Country
Australia
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Description
Beige desk phone with round dial on front face. Numbers are printed around the outside of the dial. A metal finger stop is on the bottom right hand side of the dial. Underneath the phone there is a volume control to adjust the volume of the bell. One coiled cable attaches the handset to the phone, with another cable for wall attachment.
Classification
CH classification COMMUNICATION Telephonic telephone
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Measurements
L200 x W230 x H140mm
Media/Materials description
Plastics (Synthetic Materials)
Rubber (Synthetic Materials)
Indeterminate (Metals - Ferrous)
Signature/Marks
LISTEN FOR DIAL TONE
0 \ 1 \ 2 \ 3 \ 4 \ 5 \ 6 \ 7 \ 8 \ 9
STC PMG 801 AT 6681 \ 205
History and use
This table telephone from 1963, the Colorfone, was based on the popular Bell Telephone Manufacturing Company’s “Assistant” phone. The original designs were modified in Australia to suit the needs of a larger country with more remote communities. The Colorfone could work more reliably over longer lines, and the telephones were manufactured here (apart from the dials).

This is an example of the early 800 series phones, which had the numbers on a plate around the dial, rather than underneath the fingerplate. It made use of new acrylic material (ABS - Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) which was resistant to fading, scratching and cleaning chemicals and came in a variety of colours, rather than the plain Bakelite black. This appealed to the everyday consumer, who wished to have something attractive and clean in their home or office. It remained a popular and reliable choice of telephone until the 1990s.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
Registration number
H4601

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