Australian Post Office
Telephone No. 36 & 136

Telephone, Common Battery, Table

This was a magneto candlestick phone, introduced in the early 1900s.  The Telephone No. 36MT had the Solid Back transmitter whilst the Telephone No. 136MT had the later Bakelite Inset transmitter.  The magneto and bellset were separate from the telephone.  On C.B. circuits the Magneto box was left out.

The phone was based on the Western Electric pattern that was adopted by the British Post Office and was built by Ericsson, GEC, STC and many others.  The various builders used different base shapes and heights, but the APO called them all generically Type 36.  In the UK only one design was adopted and manufacturers copied that design.  A base plate with a hole for a dial was often used, with the hole blanked off.

Some may be found marked "No. 2".  This is the British Post Office designation for this model and some of these may have made their way to Australia.

The Candlestick with a dial is the Telephone No. 38.

The Telephone No. 36 was made by British Ericsson, their model N1350.

Both these sets were superseded by the Telephone No. 300MT.

Taken from Bob's Old Phones



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Last revised August 27, 2022