This old magneto phone is in wonderful cosmetic condition with no significant markings or scratches and no cracks. Please see the last picture for the only issues that we see...there is some fraying to the cording close to the connection area next to the phone itself and on the end of the receiver. The plug looks just fine although we have no way to check it.
This vintage magneto phone is just so unique looking and would make such a wonderful display piece for home decor in your office, kitchen, family room...well just about any room where you'd like to have a fabulous "conversation" piece!
This is an extremely heavy telephone (they were so well built "back in the day"!), which is the reason that the shipping cost is a little high. We do apologize, but will be happy to recalculate for Parcel Post if you prefer...just send us a convo.
Here Is a Little History of the Cracraft-Leich Electric Co.
Leich phones originated as the Eureka Electric Company, McCordsville, Ind. and moved to Chicago in 1898. In 1902 they absorbed the Advance Electric Company and the year following, the company moved to Genoa, Ill. With manufacturing in Genoa, Leich became a pioneer in telephone instruments, dial central-office equipment and switchboards. A half-century later, Leich would become part of the Automatic Electric family. In 1907 Leich was sold and reorganized as the Cracraft-Leich Electric Co. The name was changed to the Leich Electric Co. in 1917. "GTE"/Automatic Electric, purchased Leich in the mid 1950's. The Leich name was used until the early 1960's as a subsidiary of GTE.
Magneto Phones to Dial Phones
An undertaker by the name of Strowger received a patent for his invention of an automatic telephone switch on March 10, 1891. The concept of the Strowger switch would be used until the emergence of digital technologies 70 years later.
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