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Object Name Telephone
Collection Decorative Arts Collection
Catalog Number 2003.2.3
Description The Automatic Electric AE40 Monophone is a graceful example of art deco design. This is the Automatic Electric Monophone, so called because it was AE's first phone to have the network and bell all in one very heavy package. There is a rubber seal connecting the body with the base, covering the mounting screws. The shell is very heavy plastic with breathing slots on the sides. It has a metal dial. The spiral handset cord is hardwired at both the handset and the base. A long modular line cord has been hardwired in. The Monophone was also known as model 40. Some varieties came with brass trim on the receiver. A label on the bottom shows this one was made in Chicago 7, U.S.A.

Date 1934
Dimensions H-5.512 W-5.315 L-8.268 inches
Subjects Telephones
Communication devices