Strowger (Automatic Electric Co.) 11 digit potbelly desk set and ringer box.


Strowger 11 digit dial (Automatic Electric Company)
Automatic Electric Company
Mint, original condition. Both telephone and ringer box.


This Strowger potbelly has an 11 hole dial of the type and design introduced in 1904 and continued in use until about 1911. The additional finger wheel hole was used in order to separate "long distance" from "zero". Ten impulses were delivered by the dial using either zero or long distance. It was thought at the time necessary to add the eleventh hole to avoid confusing the subscriber when dialing a number which contained a zero. This has the later "C" style transmitter, "A" receiver hook and a ring button in the base. This button took the place of the previously required magneto generator. This phone also has an original Automatic Electric ringer box which was the correct ringer box paired with this phone. Multiple scans of Strowger telephones from photographs and magazines.


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