Kellogg & National Cash Register Company special telephone and device.

1913

model
National Cash Register Co. (Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Co.)
manufacturer
Kellogg Switchboard & Supply Co.
condition
Excellent original condition. The large round wooden base has six buttons in it, one of which is missing.

About

This is a very special phone. Made by Kellogg for the National Cash Register Company. This phone was used in a department store in New York City in 1913. Attached to the phone is a cast iron device (made by the National Cash Register Company) that housed a teletype machine and ribbon. The phone was used at a retail sales counter. When a customer wanted to make a purchase on credit, the sales clerk would pick up the phone, call down to the credit department and request approval for the customer. The credit department would approve the customer's credit and activate the teletype device to print a credit receipt. This phone was popular in large department stores primarily during 1912-1913. The front of the transmitter has both the "Kellogg" and the "National Cash Register" names. A great piece of history! And extremey rare. If you are looking for a historic collectable, this telephone and the attached NCR device offer a fascinating look into the earliest department store credit machines.

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