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  • Company: Automatic Electric Co.
  • Headquarters: Chicago, Illinois
  • Operated from: 1889-1983
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About Automatic Electric

Automatic Electric was founded as Strowger Automatic Telephone Exchange Co. by Kansas City resident Almon Strowger, who invented the first automatic (dial) telephone switch in 1889. For decades AE was a leading supplier of telephone equipment to independent (non-Bell) telephone companies across the U.S. The company also at various times supplied switching and other equipment to the Bell System.


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