Automatic Electric Co.
Chicago, ILL 1889-1983
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.
feature AE advertized was their "improved" cradle construction,
which reportedly had a lower chance of false hang-ups than the WE
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.
Automatic Electric Telephone was incorporated in many
Independent Telephone companies
when their old "NUMBER PLEASE!" exchanges were