Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
SWEETHEARTS CAN TELL SECRETS OVER THE
PHONE NOW IF THEY USE NEW INVENTION
2& The sSwrS'? 1
has been m V d?a V
Seattle, Wash., June
death knell of "listening In!
A young Seattle inventor has taken
the joy out of party telephone lines
for he has invented a device which
effectively stops busybodies from
learning the secrets of "neighbors"
on their 'phone lines.
Arthur F. Erickson is the man who
has foiled the telephone tattle-tail
and his invention, the autolock,
nrhlfh la an ntitnmaHr tolonhnno
lockout, not only makes eavesdrop- I
ping a thing of the past, but it also I
eliminates entirely uie nerve raciang
noise caused by the vibrating-of some
intruding party's hook. With the in
vention in use all other parties on the
line are locked out from attracting
central's attention while the line is
Hhe new invention is composed of
a series of electric magnetic coils
with movable armature contracts,
the process of removing the receiver
from tne nooK ana getting a re
"sponse from central automatically
builds a clear line from the subscrib
er to the central office by making cer
tain desired contacts and breaking
other undesired contacts.
The replacing of the receiver on
the hook, automatically restores the
line to its original condition so that
any other party on the line may be
Realty Agent That's the bedroom
and this is the linen closet.
Renter Oh, I see. The linen closet
galled-or may place a calL
ys, the- one with, shelves- in, it!
aT- . ,