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Monday, April 8, 2019

Ever Farmer Needs A Good Telephone

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Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Manufacturing Co. Advertisement 1905.JPG
By Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Manufacturing Company - 1905 International Live Stock Exposition Official Catalogue, December 16-23, 1905. (Inside back cover) "The Cooper Collections of Telecommunications History" (uploader's private collection) Scanned by Centpacrr, Public Domain, Link   

As I was growing up in the area of South Miami, Fla. I worked at a small roadside fruit and vegetable stand. Learning that I enjoyed gardening and how to grow plants from cuttings and even some marketing skills now that I think about it. Later I worked at a farm where beans and tomatoes and other crops were grown.  
Tomatoes from my 2018 crop

Something was really neat about the (farmer) boss' pick-up truck.  We worked the beans when the horn on his truck started to blow. He ran to the truck and no sooner was the door opened when the horn stopped. You could hear him talk you would think he was crazy...who was he talking, too?  Not only that why the blew anyways?  Come to find out the horn was sounding because it was connected to his telephone that was mounted on his truck. Well, to me that was just the coolest thing.  After all, you had to be very important like a President or Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 to have a telephone in your vehicle.

Funny how times have changed isn't it? But, I really lived that story. Then today I found this advertisement for the Stromberg Carlson Telephone Manufacturing Company.  How important the telephone was to the farmer. Equally important was the importance of a quality product that Stromberg Carlson Telephone  Manufacturing Company made.

As the story goes the telephone has become very important in every person's life. They are so commonplace that the preacher needs to remind the congregation to turn them off while the sermon is preached. That should be given because God has a direct line to each soul already.  But, we often forget, don't we?   

1969 Stromberg-Carlson rotary dial telephone
This telephone has solid as the advertisement reads. Complete with the characteristics of a vintage collectible telephone. with deep rich avocado green and wall mount jack. The actual operation status of this unit would require that it be mounted to a wall jack and I was not able to test and verify the functionality on this rotary dial telephone.  It along with the A.T.& T. rotary dial telephone are both now available for purchase.

A.T. & T. circa late,1960's sold as a collectible as is!  This one was difficult to capture the true color no matter what light or photo settings. First, the handset has different color ear and mouthpiece than the handle they look good, but definitely not originally made together. Secondly, the coil cord is white. The telephone at one time had stickers on it, for example, there is a square fade spot on the handset rest. My best guess is originally an off white or light yellow.

Mid-Century-Modern-A-T-T-rotary-dial telephone

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