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Pictures of Automatic Electric Telephones

The following are representative pictures of Automatic Electric Telephones.

The Strowger company was formed in 1891, founded by Almon Strowger (inventor of the dial telephone and the Strowger Step by Step telephone switching system). In 1901 the name was changed to Automatic Electric. In 1957, General Telephone (later becoming GTE) purchased Automatic Electric but kept the name. In 1989, AT&T and Automatic Electric merged to form AGES. What was left of Automatic Electric is now part of Lucent Technologies. 

More complete versions of this list can be found at Collectorville.com, Vince's Cavalcade of Phones, Ericofon.com and Phoneco, Inc.

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Automatic Electric Model Number

Years Made & Notes


1 or 11

 

1925


1A or 11A

 

1925 to 1938

1A - Uses an inductor

11A - Uses a unique receiver and does not have an inductor coil, requires external subset


2 or 12

 

1925 to 1933

2 - Uses an inductor

12 - Uses a inductive coil receiver unit and does not have an inductor coil


3 or 13

 

1926 to 1934

Same wiring and setup as the 2 & 12


4, 14 or 17

 

1929 to 1930s.

4 - Common battery with inductor

14 - Common battery with inductive coil type receiver & no inductor

17 - Magneto operation

 

7 or 19

 

1930's

7  - Common battery

19 - Magneto operation - the inductors are different

 

8

 

1928
 

21

 

1920's - 1930's
 

34

 

1934-1938
 

35

 

1935-1937
 

40

 

1938-1956
 

43

 

1938-1950s
 

44

 

1938
 

47

 

1938

Three-Line phone

 

50

 

1938-1956
 

80

 

1954-1975

Very common deskphone, made to compete with Western Electric model 500 phones.

Known colors: Black, White, Seafoam, Blue, Red, Green, Pink, Yellow, Beige, Ivory, Gray

 

80E

 

1975-1986

Successor to the AE 80 series. Both rotary and Touch Tone models were made.

 

83

 

1950's
 

88

 

Late 1950s

Speakerphone version of AE 80 series.

 

90

 

1956-1973

Very common wall phone companion to AE 80 series.

Known colors: Black, Yellow, Seafoam, Red, Beige, Ivory, Blue, Gray

 

 

 

182

 

1960 - ?

"Starlite" desk series to compete with Western Electric "Princess" model

Made in both rotary and Touch Tone models.

Known colors: Seafoam, Blue, Pink, White, Beige, Black, Green, Blue, Aqua

 

 

183

 

1958-1983

"Spacemaker" series. Successor to AE 83 series.

 

192

 

Late 1970s, early 1980s.

"Starlite" wall mount series, replaced the AE 90 series. Both rotary and Touch Tone models were made.

 

880

 

Late 1970s?

Speakerphone, replaced 88T series. Both rotary and Touch Tone models were made.

Known colors: Black, Beige, Green, Black, Ivory

 

 

980

 

Late 1970s to early 1980s?

"Styleline" series to compete with Western Electric's "Trimline" series. Both rotary and Touch Tone models were made.

 


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