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ADVANCE PRIVATE AUTOMATIC EXCHANGE (SWITCHBOARD) MASTER STATION, 1970's
Transistorised unit with speech amplifier for office communications.
The dial mounted on the front is for internal dialling.
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- Hi so good to see the word GPO my dad worked for them when he came out of the navy after the 2nd world war think he worked over 30 for them at the main exchange in Claygate Esher Surrey I loved it there as a child boy all I could see was hundreds of miles of wires and hundreds of bulbs, I have been trying to get anything with the GPO markings on yet to find anything that's not original, I always love the old films when the man in the office always had his personal on min switch board would love one of them as our boys just text you room from rooms drives me nuts nice to see god bless Tony
.......... tony, sleaford lincolnshire, 27th of February 2015
- Surely that handset (ex 300 series and with braided cord) was obsolete well before the end of the '60s ?
.......... Bob Foudy, Cape Town RSA, 15th of November 2013
- The G.E.C Paxmaster description by Ron Murray is spot on, I used this model of Loud speaking telephone at Rootes Motor Co (later Chrysler). Small Heath, Birmingham when I worked for The Reliance Telephone Co.
I liked this phone so much I still have one, but I never kept the D.A set (Direct Access relay set)that goes with it.
I also have the more curvy T.R type Paxmaster which was also used by Reliance, these were normally allocated to the Executive's of the Business.
.......... RTC Engineer 269, Birmingham, 12th of February 2011
- This is not an office switchboard but a Private Automatic Exchange Master Station for internal dial telephones. The keys are direct access keys for calling ordinary telephones this call would overide an existing call if the master station wished by using a key marked EROW Executive Right of Way. Wen they broke into the call a tick signal was introduced to avoid the master eavesdropping. Loudspeaking telephones like this were also used but with fewer keys to my knowledge Reliance, Telephone Rentals, ATE & AEI Telephone Systems used them. The Post Office used the Loudspeaking version only not the master.
.......... Ron Murray, Kirkcaldy, Fife, 28th of December 2009