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#1 Blueberry Tide

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Posted 22 January 2018 - 01:35 PM

So, there's this older device that used to be used before the day of phones that looks like the end of a trumpet - a person would speak into the trumpet part and then a person in another part of the house would have another trumpet thing and be able to hear the first person and talk back. What is this thing called? It's like a super sophisticated system of the two tin cans attached with string. 



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Posted 23 January 2018 - 08:08 AM

The only thing I can think of is this, but it isn't two-way...
https://en.wikipedia...iki/Ear_trumpet



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Posted 23 January 2018 - 01:25 PM

I think you're talking about an intercom (intercommunication device). My husband's family had one that looked just like the old wooden telephones, but it was made in the 60s. You cranked it to let the person on the other end know to pick up and then could talk.

 

But I've never seen one that was shaped like a horn...


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Posted 26 January 2018 - 07:43 AM

Have you googled Annunciators?



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Posted 23 February 2018 - 02:49 PM

So, there's this older device that used to be used before the day of phones that looks like the end of a trumpet - a person would speak into the trumpet part and then a person in another part of the house would have another trumpet thing and be able to hear the first person and talk back. What is this thing called? It's like a super sophisticated system of the two tin cans attached with string. 

 

If you're referring to the entire device, I believe they were simply called "telephones".  The actual bell part of the phone was referred to as either a candlestick or receiver.  And there you have it - my entire knowledge of antique phones :)






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