Automatic Electric Co.
BELLEVUE, WA - 1985
Genoa, ILL 1889-1983
is a mess. It was just saved for old times sake.
giving it to my grandson so he can investigate how things work. :)
Bryan used this phone in his room.
Line 1 was home number 454-1370
Line 2 was for computer line 451-0716
The Area Code was 206 then.
The connecting board is not in
working position here.
Here you can
see how the hook switch works a leaf switch.
The ringer only had one bell.
the network board was all open - they were sealed in the 1950's
Buttons - Line 1 pushed, connecting 3 circuit contacts.
If another button was pushed, Line 1 goes to normal.
The DIAL - You
can see a little fly wheel on left end of screw drive shaft.
That controlled the speed.
As the dial rotates,
it interrupts the circuit between the phone and the exchange creating
If you dial number "9", you create nine pulses, dial
"5" and you make five pulses, and so on.
In the center of the dial you a cam that sticks out - as it spins
around it pushes the circuit leaves.
Each leaf is connected to a different wire that need to turn electric
current on and off as touch or break away.