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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.)

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Speed-dial phone

This classic model could store 10 numbers for speed-dialing. Plus, you could dial the last number called with one simple button push. (From the catalogue 1993.)

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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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Inter-office phone

This beautiful inter-office phone from the 1950s could of course be used in a large home as well. (From catalogue 1949.)

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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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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.)

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Telegraphy key

The manual key allowed the user to send dot-and-dash telegraphic signals in Morse code. (From the catalogue 1948.)

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Monogram stamp

Your own stamp bearing your own monogram lets you create nice letter-heads, regardless of what paper you use. Talk about giving weight to your messages. (From the catalogue, 1924.)

Connecting to each other1930

House phone

For short-range calls, local phones were often installed. They worked within a building and sometimes between nearby houses. The microphone was made from Bakelite. (From the catalogue 1933.)

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