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Object Name Telephone
Date ca. 1890-1930
Description Wall telephone, magneto type, in oak case; marked "Western Electric / COMPANY / PAT'D IN U.S.A. SEE DATES INSIDE". Case has a pair of bells and a mouthpiece mounted on the front, with a slanted shelf below; a receiver on a cord is mounted to a holder on the left side; hand crank is on the right side.
Acquisition Gift of Sailor's Snug Harbor
Ownership and History Sailors Snug Harbor operated as a home for retired seamen on Staten Island from the 1830s to the 1970s. At that time, trustees relocated the home to North Carolina and the Staten Island site was sold to the City of New York, beginning its transformation to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

This telephone was given to the Staten Island Historical Society by Sailors Snug Harbor in 1951. It was included in the Noble Maritime Collection's exhibition, "Daily Life at Sailors' Snug Harbor" from 2014 to 2017.
Earliest Date 1890
Latest Date 1930
Maker Western Electric Company
Subjects Retirement communities
Lexicon Sub-category Telecommunication T&E
Catalog Number A55.0036
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2014.
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