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Mobile phones

Mobile phones came into usage in Sweden in the early 1980s but by 1987, only two percent of the population had their own phone because they were expensive. Thirteen years later that number had risen to 71 percent and, by 2004, 100 percent had a mobile phone (and many had one for work and one for private use). (From the catalogue 2008.)

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Pager Minicall Doro

The pagers that came in the 1990s were effective tools for parents looking for their children or business people stuck in meetings. (From the catalogue 1995.)

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Phone plug and phone jack

The phone jacks are disappearing from more and more homes. By 31 December 2015, the number had shrunken by half in Sweden, which by then had 3,5 fixed line subscribers. (From catalogue 1987.)

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Type writer

The first typewriters arrived in the mid-1800s. The first big seller was the Remington number 3, which came to market 1878. The typewriter was an instant hit and growing paperwork demanded more typists which helped more women join the workforce. The typewriter remains an icon for authors. The first author to buy a typewriter was allegedly Mark Twain in 1874. (From the catalogue 1957.)

Connecting to each other1980

Speech amplifier

A two-way speech amplifier lets you keep conversations going even in noisy surroundings. The amplifier and throat mic were used by motorcycle riders and paragliders alike. (From the catalogue 1983.)

Connecting to each other1980

Pager set

The pager allowed middle management across the country to call up to six people at the office with just one push of a button. (From catalogue 1984.)

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Banana phone

A dream for kids who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s was to have a personal phone in your own room. This created a market for slightly more “flipped out” models like the Banana Phone. (From the catalogue 2008.)

Connecting to each other1990

Fax machine

Before email conquered the world, the fax (which was invented as far back as 1843!) was the technology used for the electronic transfer of images. That’s how we sent signed contracts or interesting articles to each other. From a technical perspective, the fax read the image that was sent and turned into electrical impulses that were sent via the telephone grid. The receiving fax interpreted the signal and printed the message. (From the catalogue 1999.)

Connecting to each other1990

Caller ID

In the mid-1990s, external number presenters – or “Caller IDs” – became popular. They showed you who had called if you didn’t answer. Advanced models also let you save the name of the caller. (From the catalogue 1998.)

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