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Offline Duffy

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Now this is interesting. Hush-A-Phone
« on: January 22, 2017, 05:07:57 PM »

Offline Vern P

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Re: Now this is interesting. Hush-A-Phone
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2017, 06:58:41 PM »
I have seen many of these over the years, This one is in nice shape, sold for a fair price. (but then I have not been watching the price on them for sometime)   This Co. did also make them for the E and F hand sets.

I have one for the C/S and an F hs.  Yes, no photos. :(

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Re: Now this is interesting. Hush-A-Phone
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2017, 01:04:19 PM »
I assume for a private phone. Like an executives personal desk phone ?
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Re: Now this is interesting. Hush-A-Phone
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2017, 10:54:28 AM »
Its a cone of silence, before the shoe phone though. Looks like it absorbed outside noise/the spoken voice so the user can whisper or at least not be as noticeable when talking. Perfect for those turn of the century scandals. 8)
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Re: Now this is interesting. Hush-A-Phone
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2017, 05:37:14 PM »
IF I remember correctly, the cone of silence never worked quite the way it was supposed to!

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Re: Now this is interesting. Hush-A-Phone
« Reply #5 on: December 13, 2019, 10:41:07 AM »
Currently reading Raymond Chandler's novel 'Farewell My Lovely' (1940), featuring private detective Philip Marlowe, and found this reference to the Hush-A-Phone at the beginning of chapter 31:

"A shiny black bug with a pink head and pink spots on it crawled slowly along the polished top of Randallís desk and waved a couple of feelers around, as if testing the breeze for a takeoff. It wobbled a little as it crawled, like an old woman carrying too many parcels. A nameless dick sat at another desk and kept talking into an old-fashioned Hush-A-Phone telephone mouthpiece, so that his voice sounded like someone whispering in a tunnel. He talked with his eyes half closed, a big scarred hand on the desk in front of him holding a burning cigarette between the knuckles of the first and second fingers."