Continuing from a recent trip to the New Hampshire Telephone Museum, these sets today feature telephones made after the mid 20th Century featuring proprietary and business sets.
to the left is an NEC telephone, likely used in their KSU offerings. To the right is a TIE telephone (used in Key environments.) My local school district actually used that version, the name of the system escapes me because I think its used in NEC’s current offerings. Nitsuko (late 80s/early 90s) bought TIE and NEC in turn bought their Japanese competitor.
This is a Nortel/Aastra (now Mitel) 9000 series analog telephone. This was branded Meridan telephone and a similar set is used in the office area. The signature Nortel rings can be heard in the museum when a call comes in.
This is a Siemens PBX switchboard. This isn’t the cord boards like in the earlier post. This was used for an electronic PBX. The details, I’m not sure, it looks like it came directly from Germany because of the handset style. Siemens was in the US market for a while for phones, but after buying ROLM from IBM, Siemens just slapped their name on newer phones and switches and sets – like these – were probably not marketed to the US after.
you Cisco fanboys would enjoy this, a Cisco 7962 is featured here. This is a Java based, gigabit Ethernet desk phone still widely used.
Here are some old fashioned phones, they might be clones. It is important to note that Western Electric did sell parts to competing companies and companies like Kellogg (not the cereal company), ITT and Stromberg Carlson made clones of the Western Electric sets. Some sets looked different, but could easily be mistaken as a AT&T set.
this is a multi line 1A2 Key telephone. On the back it features a 50 pair Amphenol connector. Each line was hardwired into this set. This set appears to not have a switch hook, so accessing a line would require hitting a button. (I wished I got my hands on this set when I was there, since this area allows the public to touch and feel it. I’m surprised I just looked and took a pic.)
this set is one of the clones. To the bottom left, shows a little switch. I believe this was to enable a headset (with a two prong connector in the back.) And yes, its the same connector similar to those corded switchboards.
More will be added as time goes on.