Unlike Western Electric and Northern Electric which had very close ties to the Bell Telephone operating companies, Stromberg Carlson was an independent telephone manufacturer that supplied telephones to a variety of non-Bell telephone companies.
During the 1920s they introduced the 1177 and 1178 deskphones. These phones were made of bakelite The 1177 did not have a dial and an operator was therefore required to route all calls. The 1178 had a dial and was used in locations where automatic switching equipment was available. These were Stromberg Carlsons first "cradle" phones.
This particular phone is a wonderful example of how this phone was meant to be. The original 1177 handset is present here. A new brown cloth covered handset cord has also been added to this classic. A subset or modern network would be required to hook this phone up on todays telephone lines.
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