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Re: Western Electric: What is This Device?

John McHarry (
Tue, 04 Jan 2005 02:27:32 GMT

TELECOM Digest Editor noted in response to John McHarry:

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Many of the older 6 button/5 line
> phones had a small 'buzzer' inside them also and the incoming ringing
> voltage rang *one* of the phones; the other phones in the group
> would 'buzz'. Also sometimes one of the line appearances was a dial
> intercom to call the other phones in the group; the phones, on an
> intercom call would 'buzz' with a certain cadence rather than 'ring'
> (with a certain cadence) as they did for outside calls. PAT]

That sounds right, although a motor-generator to drive a buzzer sounds
pretty Rube Goldberg. A DC buzzer is a pretty simple device.

I seem to be replying to my own post. Maybe I should engage a shrink.

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