American Automatic Telephone Company Dial

We acquired a new addition to the JKL Museum Collection. Keith Cheshire acquired this rare for our telephone museum through Steve Flocke at a recent telephone show.
We are very happy to be able to add this dial to our collection of dials at the JKL Museum of Telephony.

Keith Cheshire hopes to provide us with more information about this very interesting dial and its use. He is currently doing some research regarding this dial and we hope to be able to give an update in the not too distant future.

Scroll down for a short video of this dial.

American Automatic Telephone Company Dial
American Automatic Telephone Company Dial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

American Automatic Telephone Company Dial
American Automatic Telephone Company Dial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “American Automatic Telephone Company Dial”

  1. I have yet to find a telephone instrument that used this dial so I cannot offer a suggestion as to how the off normal issue was handled. I was told by a member of the phone company that used these originally that they were employed in certain dial phones so perhaps it was not important in those days to shunt the circuit during dialing. We are talking about ~1908-1912 time period, very early in the “dial” experience!

    Research on same still in progress

    1. i have one picture of a young child posing using a CS with this dial around 1910. NO idea about whether the dial “clicks” were dealt with. The child’s father was the inventor of the dial. There was also a larger version of the dial which I assume was the first (prototype?) version.

    2. i have one picture of a young child posing using a CS with this dial around 1908-1910. NO idea about whether the dial “clicks” were dealt with. The child’s father was the inventor of the dial. There was also a larger version of the dial which I assume was the first (prototype?) version.

  2. Just imagine the production and maintenance problems with such a dial 🙂

    It only has an impulsing springset. How were the usual functions provided by the off-normal (shunt) springsets found on common rotary dials performed?

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