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  • Model: dial candlestick
  • Made by: Strowger Automatic
  • From: 1905
strowger dial candlestick antique telephone

Photo courtesy John Jenkins


This is the first dial telephone. The inventor, Almon Strowger, was an undertaker in Kansas City who got upset because the operators there kept putting business through to his competition. So he developed the first automated telephone switch and dial telephones. Strowger's company was later bought out by Automatic Electric.


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