Author Topic: Western Electric Teaching Aid?  (Read 635 times)

Offline WEBellSystemChristian

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Western Electric Teaching Aid?
« on: August 23, 2015, 07:16:40 PM »
This is a pretty interesting ebay item. It looks like a telephone model for children; showing how to build a phone! It also looks like it shows how a phone works. This is a first for me!

http://m.ebay.com/itm/311427174180
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Re: Western Electric Teaching Aid?
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2015, 04:18:48 PM »
I saw that and the manual was published in 1953.  I guess I'm not the only one who didn't realize such a teaching aid existed!  If such a teaching aid were around today, I imagine it would have a touch tone dial instead of a rotary dial.

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Re: Western Electric Teaching Aid?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2015, 07:10:57 PM »
This wasn't a teaching aid like a teletrainer, it was to assemble a phone in a classroom. You built a working phone from the parts included. Very nice, I had one that I ran out of room with a few years ago....Doug
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Re: Western Electric Teaching Aid?
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2015, 11:41:25 PM »
Somehow the lamp cord (zip cord) does not seem like something any Bell System company would include in anything, be it a trainer or whatever.  I could be wrong, but I'm just saying...

Doug, did yours have that kind of cord on it?
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Re: Western Electric Teaching Aid?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2015, 05:37:45 AM »
Bill....it had line cord that you would screw in to the correct terminals. There must have been a "teletrainer" type base set that it wired into so the kids could call the others in the class...Doug
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