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Historical Item

Name: Candlestick Telephone

Category: Tool

Size/weight: 10 inches tall, varies

Rarity: Common

Value: $20

Uses: To call people in order to talk/give information.

Description (ca. 1921):
The candlestick telephone gained popularity in the business and household environments around the 1880's and thus became a very important tool to have for long distance communication. The phones had a transmitter in which the people would talk into and had a receiver so that they could hear the person on the other line. The ear piece was normally hanging on the side. Early phones were predominantly wooden but threats of diseases such as influenza changed that and the mouthpiece of the phone was changed to be made of porcelain or glass as they could be cleaned and disinfected easily.