Maybe interesting toy in junk shop...
microtechdart at gmail.com
Sun Jul 3 23:18:21 CDT 2016
Bill, I hope that you can snap a few pictures with your phone to show us.
This is quite the mystery device.
On Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 8:56 PM, Bill Sudbrink <wh.sudbrink at verizon.net>
> No, I don't think so. I'm pretty sure that the paper
> tape on this thing is for output, probably printed or
> marked in some way because the paper seemed too flimsy
> to hold a readable punch pattern. But now I'm pretty
> determined to go back tomorrow and see if I can get
> some more info. I didn't look at the bottom of it, maybe
> there's a label.
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> > From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Chuck
> > Guzis
> > Sent: Saturday, July 02, 2016 11:30 PM
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> > Subject: Re: Maybe interesting toy in junk shop...
> > 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?
> > --Chuck
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