Desk Telephone Apparatus
Desk Telephone Apparatus.
«Ericsson». Sweden. 1900-1910
Home connection apparatus.
The first desktop telephones were either fully open, for example Ericsson’s ‘Skeleton’, or had a wooden casing. The benefits of telephones with more a robust casing became immediately obvious. The internal components were protected from dust and dirt thereby reducing the risks to people and to the device itself. In addition, an emblem or logo could be placed on the casing’s flat surface. Materials such as wood didn’t suit so, in 1893, Ericsson created a device with a metal frame. However casings with a black lacquered top and base were still made from wood.
With the introduction of an apparatus with a metal casing in 1893, Ericsson had taken the first step towards converting the telephone into a high-tech device of refined design.