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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I saw walksoftly posting of his newly found hotel annunciator. In my collection of telephones I have another version of a hotel annunciator or signal board as they are called. The trade mark Samson was owned by Electric Goods Manufacturing Co. of Boston, MA. This 1880's company manufactured glass battery jars, Samson telephones, annunciators, and Samson junior intercoms. The annuncaitor i have came equipped with a transmitter and receiver so the hotel desk could communicate with any of the rooms. Electric Goods Manufacturing Co. in most cases did not install there own equipment, this was done by a Electric contractor company such as Metropolitan Electric Co. of Cambridge, MA

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    1. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 years ago
      Thank you PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, longings, geo26e, Antique Toys, and gargoylecollector.
    2. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      I love this, it's a beautiful piece of cutting edge technology for it's time.
      A few questions;
      Do you know where it was used?
      What year is this from?
      Were the switches used to contact the room?
      Were the needles moved by electromagnet & how were they reset?

    3. raleav, 2 years ago
      Apparently mine and your units are called the Avonial Annunciphones.
      Here's there entire catalogue!
    4. keramikos, 2 years ago
      ttomtucker, Ah, so you have one yourself. Cool. :-)
    5. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      keramikos, yes I do have one
    6. LMacomber, 7 months ago
      Hello! I'm curious to know when this might have been made. Though the company was around in the 1880's, would an annunciator have a transmitter and receiver like this in the 1880's? Thank you!
    7. raleav, 7 months ago
      1920's for sure, Macomber.. Definitely not earlier than the late teens.
    8. raleav, 7 months ago
      I should looked more closely.. Mine was installed in 1925.. same unit, so it's around that time period.
    9. raleav, 7 months ago

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