Automatic Electric Co.
Chicago, ILL 1889-1983

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AE elected to compete with a proprietary design.
While it emulated many features of the WE 500 and had "modern" styling,
it's cosmetics and internal construction were noticeably different.

One feature AE advertized was their "improved" cradle construction,
which reportedly had a lower chance of false hang-ups than the WE design.

 The AE dial had a distinct 'whirring' sound. Vern found the AE dial needing less adjusting.
See the phone he kept from home in Bellevue, Washington.

The Automatic Electric Telephone was incorporated in many
 Independent Telephone companies
when  their old "NUMBER PLEASE!" exchanges were torn down.