By Alec Switzer
Potbelly, Mickey Mouse, Ashtray and Petticoat.
What do these things all have in common? Well for one, they can
all be found inside the Telephone Museum! These are just some of
the nicknames collectors have attached to certain telephones, insulators,
etc. and once you see the objects they describe, you would probably
Here's a brief glossary of a few telephone collectibles
Ashtray - A cradle type telephone with
circular depressions in the base directly under each end of the
Butterstamp - An early telephone receiver
made of wood.
Candlestick - The first practical desk
telephone with a transmitter mounted atop a tubular stand.
Eiffel Tower - One of the first telephones
to use a one piece handset mounted on a graceful upward sweeping
Fatboy - A cradle phone with an unusually
Mickey Mouse - A glass insulator with
two large "ears" designed to carry large diameter line or cable.
Oilcan - Another early candlestick design
in which the central stand is tapered.
Petticoat - A common form of glass insulator
with an inner "skirt" to impede moisture.
Potbelly - An early and very rare candlestick
Spitcatcher - The old style telephone
mouthpiece - no explanation necessary.
Now, if you're curious and want to see a "spitcatcher"
up close, or any of the above, drop by the museum and we'll be glad
to show you!