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GTE Linear telephones

Started by paul-f, February 27, 2014, 05:46:12 PM

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paul-f

(Dave asked for this one.)

The Linear was available in desk and wall models, with 10 or 12-button dial.

UDK dials were tone/pulse selectable.
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paul-f

More photos...
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LarryInMichigan

I remember seeing those for sale in my younger years, but the price was prohibitive.

Larry

WesternElectricBen

I remember one like this from Jack Black's apartment School of Rock.

Ben

DavePEI

I have a Linear II in the collection. They are interesting phones, but they didn't sell well, so weren't on the market for too long. I guess it is anyone's guess why they didn't take off, but they were awkward to dial. However, they do certainly belong in the "interesting" phone category.

Dave
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WesternElectricBen

I take it, it would take even longer to dial than a rotary, for two reasons.

1: the weird linear button pattern.
2: lots of finger travel, for example, in my phone number we have: "920."

Ben

DavePEI

Quote from: WesternElectricBen on February 27, 2014, 10:39:08 PM
I take it, it would take even longer to dial than a rotary, for two reasons.

1: the weird linear button pattern.
2: lots of finger travel, for example, in my phone number we have: "920."

Ben
That is for sure. Had it come out years earlier, it might have been more popular. But, Bell spent a long time optimizing the TT dial to create the standard, and by the time the Linear came out, people were used to the standard layout, so it flopped.

Still I find them interesting, and it creates quite a bit of interest amongst visitors to the museum.

I love the roll top case in Paul's photo. Wish I had one of them to display my Linear in!

Dave
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WesternElectricBen

I too like the roll top, it would go great with the desk..

Ben

twocvbloke

The roll-top looks like someone just sat a phone inside a bread bin...  ;D

paul-f

Certainly possible.  I wish I had a bottom view to see if there might be a gTE model number on the bottom of the roll-top unit.

Perhaps they (GTE or an owner) were emulating the WE Stowaway Rolltop.
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GTE Rick

Quote from: paul-f on February 27, 2014, 05:49:16 PMMore photos...

Tell me more about the little booklet "GTE Retail Telephone Products"
Small in size ... Smart in Style ... and it has a lighted dial.