Hi-Tech Phone Accessories – 1968

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You’ll Love This Telephone Answering Device

Check Out The “Party Line” accessory

Now long gone, once upon a time – Lafayette Radio Electronics was pretty popular. They had everything  – kind of like Radio Shack – but bigger and better. For me – I was a kid in a candy store. And, there was lots of candy.

Their old catalogs are terrific snapshots of bygone geek days.

Since consumer telephone technology is always fun to look back at – take a look at this from 1968. You couldn’t do an awful lot with that wired-in home phone – because, well – there were so many restrictions. There was no such thing as anything wireless.

But – there were some things you COULD add. Dig the telephone answering device that used an optional cassette player. It was lots of “extra”- just so your phone could automatically answer and spew your message.

And, at the very bottom – you’ll love this – the party line accessory called “Listen In.” Long before Blutooth – this thing used a wire and -you could only listen. “Share the pleasure of long distance calls.” “Teenagers can use “Listen In” for extra party line fun.”  

A trip back to 1968 and telephone tech history:

telephone history 1968


Gary West

Historian Gary West built his first website in 1998 with www.pophistorynow.com. That addressed now forwards to www.mrpopculture.com - an amazing pop culture/news database with 25,000 pages, covering the years 1955-2014. He's also the author of www.technologynewstimeline.com - covering consumer technology from 1952 to the present. West has been a contributor to numerous books, radio-TV shows, CNN & USA Today & the History Channel.

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  1. Narendran Vaideeswaran July 30, 2014 at 4:20 am

    This is interesting! Oh boy, we’ve come a long way from using tape recorders to record voice mail. Still thinking of Arther C Clarke’s statement on technology…

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