EARLY GPO TELEPHONES
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The Gower-Bell Telephone Company was formed in 1880. The Gower-Bell telephone (a combination of a Gower receiver and a Gower transmitter) had first been manufactured by Messrs Scott and Wollaston with a licence issued to them from The Telephone Company Ltd in 1879. Gower ultimately acquired the licence and formed the company, which supplied the Post Office with 20,000 telephones. The company was eventually taken over by the Consolidated Telephone Construction and Maintenance Company who continued to supply the GPO with this instrument.
The telephone below is using a "pencil" type transmitter.
Horse Collar Telephone
Crossley desk telephone
This was the first telephone supplied to the Post
Office. The receiver hangs on a hook on the front of this telephone.
Ader Telephone with two way switching unit
United Telephone Company telephone with Blake transmitter
Telephone with Johnson Transmitter
Edison Company's Telephone with Chalk Cylinder Receiver (1879)
Last revised: July 23, 2021