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Username Post: First car phone?        (Topic#365446)
Tony 
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06-06-21 07:11 PM - Post#2821246    

Yup, a very early car phone. This and an early Thomas Guide and your were cooking.

Anyone ever see one of these or know the story?



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Travs55 
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06-07-21 06:58 AM - Post#2821274    
    In response to Tony

Don’t remember those but I do remember when my wife who worked home health got the first bag phone for her car. The other night we were watching an old movie and the Secret Service agents were looking for a certain person and they stopped the car, opened a phone booth and looked up the address in the phone book. What?



 
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06-08-21 07:12 AM - Post#2821340    
    In response to Tony

just a quick search, but looks like Motorola built the first ones for use in cars in 1946. Looks a lot like the one in your pic. they mentioned they used them in Chicago and had only 3 channels.

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06-08-21 10:52 AM - Post#2821346    
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Thanks for the back story Steve.

One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy, ....

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06-08-21 11:31 AM - Post#2821348    
    In response to steve65

they mentioned they used them in Chicago and had only 3 channels.

Yes just 3; on off and static.




 
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06-08-21 11:42 AM - Post#2821349    
    In response to Tony

Thanks for the back story Steve.
One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy

Ah yes the beauty of a rotary phone. It appears this model came after the hand crank phone and your girlfriends number was two longs and a short. Helps to understand if you are old and lived on a farm.
I never saw a rotary in a car just those hand held button down to talk and up to hear. 10-4 10-4





 
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06-10-21 04:17 PM - Post#2821450    
    In response to Mel Foye

That underdash unit looks very much like older 2-way police style radios (i think Motorola had a 99.9% market share back then).....Where's Broderick Crawford when you need him?
As for phone capabilities, probably had some kind of early link courtesy of "Ma Bell" (speaking of 'party' lines!)

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docjns1 
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06-10-21 04:29 PM - Post#2821452    
    In response to docjns1

And this is too epic!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkhBVprYWTc

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