Maker and Role
The General Electric Company Limited, Manufacturer
Black, bakelite telephone. The base of the phone has a silver, rotary dial at the front with the numbers 0-9 indicated in black. Below the dial, is a black drawer that pulls open. Inside the drawer, there is a metal base and a transparent plastic flap that flips up. The flap has 2 pieces of plastic that are joined with metal rivets to form an envelope. At the back of the phone, at the bottom, is an opening through which 2 wires come out. One of the wires is braided and the other has a canvas coating around it. At the top of the base, is a cradle for the receiver and 2 metal "buttons" which activate the phone. On the bottom of the base, is a grey plate with 8 screws in it. The receiver on the phone is made from black bakelite and there is an earpiece at the top and a mouthpiece at the bottom. The receiver is connected to the base of the phone with a braided wire.
Signature/Marks and Type
G.E.C. / MADE IN ENGLAND / BY / THE GENERAL ELECTRIC CO. LTD. OF ENGLAND Maker's Mark
332F C49/2 Printed
LISTEN FOR DIAL TONE NO.436847 BEFORE DIALLING Label
Residence: Auckland 534 8176 G.E.C. (NEW ZEALAND) LTD. A subsidiary of the General Electric Co. Ltd. of England. Martin K. Johnson Engineering Division (Protection) 9-15 DAVIS CRESCENT, NEWMARKET, AUCKLAND. P.O.BOX 1794 AUCKLAND TELEPHONE: 504-069 Telegrams "BRITGEN" Telex NZ 2391
164 48 Printed
The General Electric Company Limited. Telephone [Rotary Dial Telephone], 2004.218. The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).