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RESERVED FOR CHERYL Black Magneto Bakelite Phone designed and manufactured by Leich Electric Co, circa 1930s-40s. It has a black Bakelite case and the hand crank rings the bell as it should. It was most likely an office intercom system telephone and the crank ring was used as a means of signaling an operator that you wanted to make a call or that you had a call.

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 History

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.

If you have any questions, please convo us...we always respond promptly and love to hear from you.

PLEASE review all photos carefully, as they are part of the description. We do our very best to describe any imperfections or damage, but like all vintage items, some wear is expected - that's part of their charm and character. You are welcome to review our return policy or convo us with any questions.

All U.S. orders come with tracking!

WORLDWIDE SHIPPING OPTIONS MAY BE AVAILABLE. Don't see your country listed? Convo for a quote.

Thanks so much for stopping by our vintage store and we hope to see you again soon!

RESERVED for CHERYL - Vintage Magneto Black Bakelite Phone - Hand Crank Intercom


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: Bakelite, magneto phone
  • Only ships within United States.
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