Communication in the 1920s
Communication such as telephones made everyone's lives easier. Telephone was invented in 1876, by an eminent scientist, Alexander Graham Bell. He invented it so that people can communicate with others at a long distances. During the 1920s, there were different kinds of phones such as:
The candlestick phone was first introduced around 1892, and it continued until 1920. It was manufactured in the United States and was most often sold there as well. The candlestick phone consisted of a round base that contains a rotary dial. This dial was used by placing a finger into the numbered hole, and turning clockwise until it stopped. After the person dialed the phone, he or she could pick up the receiver, located at the side, and listen to the earpiece on the top of the candlestick phone. Most of the time, candlestick phone was made from brass, but partly wood. The dial section was made from steel or aluminum. Many phones were unpainted, but some phones were painted black.
The coin telephone was also known as the "payphone." It was invented in 1890, by a Swedish inventor, Lars Magnus Ericsson. This 20th century coin telephone had a coin attachment. So when a person puts a coin in the telephone, it instantly grants him or her for a call. The need of more efficient system was recognized, and in about 1912, the first dedicated public phone was introduced. It was an Automatic Electric unit. During the 1920s, there are different kinds of coin telephones that were used. For instance, the Sydney Workshop PT was based on the Automatic Electric mechanism. It was intend to reduce the operator load by allowing the locals to dial their own calls.