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countryman:
I saw this pair of candlesticks for sale, obviously wired together as intercom? Instead of a hookswitch there seems to be a press to talk button.
Does anybody know what it actually is? A voice powered intercom? Or is one thing the receiver and the other the transmitter? But how to use it? Lots of questions.

Jack Ryan:
They are microphones, not telephones.

Used anywhere a microphone was needed such as for radio or public address.

http://uv201.com/Microphone_Pages/kellogg_candlestick.htm

Some microphones have the PTT button on the other side and are sometimes used to create the illusive and very rare left handed telephones.

Jack

countryman:
Thanks Jack, that makes sense!

280Parka:
But why would two microphones be wired together?

rdelius:
Those Kellogg microphones are ex military. Might be marked T-32 .Used on base station radio transmitters such as air traffic . I have one still sealed in the wax covered box from WWll.I have seen an AE in the same configuration. Most likely has a MFP (moisture and fungus proofed) and a SC (signal corps acceptance) stamps.

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