Automatic Electric Co.
Chicago, ILL 1889-1983

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The AE1A Monophone of 1925 was AE's first handset
(the Monophone was the handset itself, not the complete phone)

Detail of Monophone handset. 1928. (Mouth & Ear Piece Angle not shown)

The Oak wood box contains a Five bar magneto generator, a small induction coil and a ringer.
Bells ring when magneto crank is turned.

The rectangular cradle phone of black colored heavy bakelite,
was designed to be used with an external subscriber set.

"Bakelite" is a heat-resistant product and a chemically stable resin which
 is actually the first plastic ever made. It was invented in Belgium by an American chemist
 by the name of Dr. Leo Baekeland. Easy to see where it got its name then.

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