Telephone - Ericsson AC110
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There are two green rope cables - one for the handset and one for the plug.
Before the handset, a signal trumpet was used for both speaking and listening. Then there came the speaking tube, which was built into the body of the telephone and an earpiece was attached by cord. In the late 1870s the handset was developed with microphone and receiver in one unit. Ericsson produced their first version in the mid 1880s.
This particular phone has come to Queensland Museum from the General Post Office and is thought to have been used by the Post Master General - the person in charge of all national postal and telecommunication services in Australia. The position of P.M.G. was introduced with Federation in 1901.
Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.