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Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:14:58 PM »
Saw this on eBay about to close with no bids so I bit. Very nice little pocket meter. Tested it on a 12 volt battery and it works. Still in the original leather pouch, which is in awesome condition. Engraved Connecticut on the front and marked Conn Tel & Elec. Co. Inc. Meriden Conn USA. on the face. Guessing from the 50's?

Ebay Link:http://www.ebay.com/itm/132216134538
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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2017, 04:04:06 PM »
Saw this on eBay about to close with no bids so I bit. Very nice little pocket meter. Tested it on a 12 volt battery and it works. Still in the original leather pouch, which is in awesome condition. Engraved Connecticut on the front and marked Conn Tel & Elec. Co. Inc. Meriden Conn USA. on the face. Guessing from the 50's?

Ebay Link:http://www.ebay.com/itm/132216134538
Very nice collectible item!  I think it's likely to be much earlier than the 1950s, quite possibly the 30s or 40s.  By the 50s I'd expect a Bakelite case.

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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2017, 04:33:46 PM »
Just found a reference to it on Google Books. The American Telephone Journal volume 17 no. dated January 2, 1909. Page #285-286.

I forgot to add they call it a Dead Beat Pocket Meter!!
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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 04:37:02 PM »
Just found a reference to it on Google Books. The American Telephone Journal volume 17 no. 9
dated January 2, 1909.
Doesn't surprise me.

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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2017, 05:53:21 PM »
I have many volumes of the telephone and electrical journals of the early 1900s.
The cited reference cannot be correct, because volume 17 of The American Telephone Journal was not published in 1909.

So, I looked in "Telephony" and found it here:
Telephony, Volume 17 (9), 265-266 (February 27, 1909) A New Pocket Meter

Dead-beat was a term of art in the electrical industry.  It meant that the needle comes to a rest for a reading without oscillations.

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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2017, 03:48:24 PM »
Here is a little more info on your pocket meter from

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co.,  Catalog No. 24, Intercommunicating Telephones for Interior Use,  1915-1916

Page 35:

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2017, 04:09:44 PM »
$4.00 in 1915 U.S.$ = $95.62 in 2017 U.S.$
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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2017, 05:14:22 PM »
Cool, Thanks!
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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2017, 05:39:53 PM »
Good catch, Harry!
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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2017, 05:51:06 PM »
Here is a little more info on your pocket meter from

Connecticut Telephone & Electric Co.,  Catalog No. 24, Intercommunicating Telephones for Interior Use,  1915-1916

Page 35:

Guess the guy who had it originally was a high roller, sprung for the extra 50 cents to get the case!
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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2017, 06:16:09 PM »
Okay, anyone know or want to guess at the code words? Why the were even needed?
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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2017, 07:57:59 PM »
Okay, anyone know or want to guess at the code words? Why the were even needed?


If they were used the same way as in the Western Electric catalogs, then they could be short substitutes used for ordering. Telegraph messages were charged by the number of words.
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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2017, 07:18:51 AM »
Okay, anyone know or want to guess at the code words? Why the were even needed?


I was wondering about those also?? Very strange.
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Re: Pocket Volt/Amp Meter. Conn Telephone & Electric Co.
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2017, 09:34:40 AM »
Telegraph ordering codes are quite common still for the period.  Many of the larger manufacturers used them and included in their catalogs cross-reference tables for codes to page numbers to find an item by code word.   Not only product identification was encoded with words, but also many phrases and frequently-asked questions.

The long-distance telegraph network was much better developed, and the cost were lower than in the early telephone toll network. The first transcontinental telephone line didn't open until 1915.

Here, for example, is a page from a 1907 Kellogg catalog with telegraph instructions.

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