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Deutsche Reichspost W28 model desktop rotary phone

Object | Accession Number: 1990.79.1

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    Deutsche Reichspost W28 model desktop rotary phone


    Brief Narrative
    Siemens and Halske W28 model rotary dial telephone commissioned by the Deutsche Reichspost [German Post Office) as its standard issue model from 1928. In the mid-1930s, the Reichspost commissioned a new model seeking a more economical and reliable device. They passed on the model produced in 1936. The W38 model was adopted but not introduced on a large scale until 1940. Some parts, such as the bell, were made of different materials due to war economies. The W38 was sturdier and introduced a dialing pause to make connections more consistent.
    manufacture:  1928-approximately 1938
    manufacture: Berlin (Germany)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
    back, body, painted, red paint : 0937
    back, body, printed, silver logo, black ink : ZW(I?)ETUS(?) [ZWIETUSCH]
    base, back center, black plastic circle, embossed : R
    Manufacturer: E. Zwietusch & Co.
    Designer: Siemens & Halske

    Physical Details

    Audio equipment
    Object Type
    Telephone (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Black Bakelite rotary phone with a sloped body centered on a square, black painted, pressed steel base with rounded corners and a flat metal window nailed to the front. Bolted to the front center body is a rotating disk with a flat, tapered silver colored metal finger stop on the bottom right. Raised metal letters, A – K, are arranged counterclockwise around the center, each aligned with 1 of 10 circular holes around the edge. Below each hole, a black number, 1 - 9 or 0, is painted inside a thin circle on a flat, white enameled metal dial, beginning on the right and moving counterclockwise. At the top back, is a diecast Zamak forked cradle or hook switch for the 9.500 inch long molded handset with rounded ends. A perforated disk is set into the earpiece and a slotted dome is set into the mouthpiece, which is connected to the left base by a 72.250 inch long, offwhite plastic coated cord. A similar, 75.500 inch long cord extends from the back. A flat metal panel with 4 circular, hard rubber feet is screwed to the bottom.
    overall: Height: 6.125 inches (15.558 cm) | Width: 5.750 inches (14.605 cm) | Depth: 6.250 inches (15.875 cm)
    overall : steel, zinc, metal, bakelite (tm), plastic, paint, enamel paint

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    The telephone was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1990.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:21:32
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