Maybe interesting toy in junk shop...
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Sat Jul 2 22:30:21 CDT 2016
On 07/02/2016 07:32 PM, Bill Sudbrink wrote:
> I was poking around a junk shop that I visit from time to time and I
> saw a toy. It didn't really strike me as that interesting when I saw
> it but I've been wondering about it since I left the place this
> morning. The thing was mostly red plastic with a cardboard bottom.
> It had a two-prong AC cord and a four prong "old fashioned" telephone
> jack. It had two big buttons and a spool of paper tape mounted on
> the front. The tape was about 1/4 inch wide. I call it a toy
> because it had that sort of feel about it. It was not clearly
> labeled as such. It was also styled in a way that suggested late
> 1960s to me. The whole thing was the size of a small shoe box. I
> can't find anything like it in google searches. I wonder if it might
> have some early modem like device in it. Does this description "ring
> a bell" with anyone?
Sounds like a late-model Kilburg Dialaphone. 1960-ish. Early models
directly operated the dial of the desk telephone--later ones just pulsed
the line appropriately--something that AT&T objected to and that Kilburg
unsuccessfully fought. This was years before the Carterfone episode.
Memory was a paper tape with printed names on it.
That particular unit sounds like a very rare piece of kit.
Am I getting close?
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