March Of Time II

This week I found a nice short article as published in the ‘Nieuwe Leidse Courant’ on May 22nd 1970. I have translated the text below in case your Dutch knowledge is not that well developed. This was approximately 8 years before the Ericofon was introduced in The Netherlands. Can you imagine that one model has such a long lifecycle today?

Futuristic Telephone

According to an investigation in West-Germany, 8% of our neighbors has a telephone in… the bathroom. In that same room, 38% of the Germans read. The bathroom is becoming a sort of relax-room, a new status-symbol. Of course a room like that deserves a special telephone.

A bright future is being predicted for this modern model where – we cannot see it very well in the picture – the dial face is in the bottom of the phone.

The Ericofon is available in 9 different colors so you are able to extensively harmonize with your interior: red, pink, yellow, green, blue, gray, ivory, tan or white. ALL parts, microphone, telephone and dial face are combined in one thermoplastic housing.

The phone has a comfortable fit in your hand, and when one picks up the phone, the dial face comes towards you. This is extremely handy for ill people, the elderly or very hasty businessmen.

First Dark Ride

The 700’s are not so common but from time to time I come across one. The ones in my own collection were pretty much okay and did not need to be taken fully apart. Removing the base is not such an issue but keep in mind that you normally damage or destroy the dried out gasket with it.

But recently I got another White 700 that was in a terrible shape. So I took a first ride in the dark to take a 700 fully apart. Meaning including the earpiece…

A 700 White dismantled.

With the information from the ericofon.com site I started to pry up the left upper corner and shifted the earpiece slowly to the left. Quite an interesting and nearly impossible move… But I managed.

You can see that on the top and bottom a piece of plastic is locked by a metal strip. The cap can be removed by shifting it to the left.

It seems that this chassis is, by coincidence, quite exceptional. Normally the chassis of the 700 connects in the neck of the shell to the speakerunit (including a ringer) either with a flatcable or a fixed connector. In this Ericofon this is not the case.

Typical is the speaker connection to the chassis by 2 wires only. The phone works fine but there is no ringer. This setup I haven’t seen before. Someone any clue on the origin?

Boy In A Suitcase

Today I was able to purchase a new Ericofon since long. Actually it is the first in 2019 that I can add to my collection. Was about time.

Here’s the sneak preview as the phone is still on its way in its own suitcase 😉 Can’t wait to receive it…

Update 13/04/2019:

This week the boy arrived and I am very happy with the new Ericofon. You might already have come accross this variance of Ericofons: a leather encased type. The origin of leather Ericofons is not really known although there are some speculations. It seems that they are seen in 3 colors: brown, green and red. All leather Ericofons have the same unique dial face. This model has a chassis that dates back to 1973 and the shell is Swedish, from 1975.

The dial face is a Swedish Telia type with an additional black sticker. This sticker covers the original 0-9 numbering and changes this is into 1-0. This indicates that the origin of this leather type is most likely not Swedish. One of the theories is that these types were make in Denmark.
Leather Ericofons were spotted in Brown, Green and Red. I expect that this one was originallly green as it still has a hint of this color over the surface. Must have been worn off or removed in the past.
Here you can see how tight the shell is sewn into the leather. There is no way it can be removed. The shell has Swedish markings inside and dates back to 1975.

Out In The Cold

On the Dutch Wikipedia there is a nice picture of a very large Ericofon. The picture was taken on April 5th 1964 on the T-Bana (Swedish metro/subway) station of Telefonplan, Stockholm at its opening.

Telefonplan is a square in Stockholm where a factory and the headquaters of Ericsson was located at that time.

Obviously the Ericofon was important enough in 1964 to be shown so large and out in the cold.

Baby Food

It is already 5 years ago that I started this blog. The idea was to tell something on what I would come across in Ericofon-land, while taking my own collection a step further than where it was at that moment. Not at all knowing what would follow and if there was something to share at all.

In retrospective, it has been a pretty nice journey so far. At least for me… I really enjoyed it. Sorting out things, making some pictures, thinking about the next subject… I hope that you as a reader did not yawn too much as I am aware that this is a very specific subject. But no worries if you do indeed appreciate it, I have a social life as well and many other interests. One of them should be quite obvious from the site if you dig around.

As long as I can I will still share information with you, my dear reader 😉 Once a month is more or less okay for me. If you have any feedback, ideas, questions, information, pictures or any other contribution from your side, that would be more than welcome. I would also be willing to buy Ericofons from you if you are fed up with them…

At The Heart Of It All

A few weeks ago I received unique pictures of the Ericofon, showing the heart of the phone.

Copyright: Thomas Becker, Hochschule der Künste Bern (HKB), Konservierung und Restaurierung (KuR), Switzerland

Thank you Thomas!!

Update 03/05/2019:

If you look at the right picture above and the last picture in the Sewn Open  post, you can see that the bar is obviously a ‘standard’ that occurs more often in flat earpieces. But still no clue why…

Something

Well, this is quite something!!

On Twitter I found this interesting experiment that someone has done in the Coda Apeldoorn. In the cultural center in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, there is this so called FabLab, where you can experiment with technology. Obviously last summer someone created a new rubber gasket for an Ericofon with a 3D printer. Cool!!

Three notes on the picture: the picture was taken from Twitter, the person in the picture is not me (!!) and the color of the gaskets is terrible 🙂

The gasket was printed in 3D with the use of PLA (PolyLactic Acid). This is not actually a plastic as you would suspect but a substance made of wheat, corn and sugarbeets. It is much more sustainable than ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) which is actually made out of oil. A very nice experiment!

Atumn Equinox III

What’s happening around October each year? See the previous Equinox posts to explain this question.

In 2016 a Dusty Rose popped up and in 2017 I had some specific colours that could, or could not be as expected. I was extremely lucky last year.

Now again I ran into something special… I hope. Please, judge for yourself. Is this a Chartreuse or not? Again a disclaimer.

If so, it can replace my repaired model as this one seems to be in better shape.

If not, it is a pity but I had to take the chance. It was advertised as an avocado colour… Sometimes there is just no time to think too long and you have to decide in a minute to buy or not.

As said before, getting the right colour impression from a screen is not always easy. Let’s hope for the best.

Update 07/12/2018:

Unfortunately this is a regular Crystal Mint… 🙁 Well, regular… it was heavily yellowed and therefor avocado color. So again, buying from online pictures only remains a risk.

On Balance

In the company where I work we have an art game ongoing at the moment. The theme is Diversity and Inclusion, related to the professional working environment of course. Employees are asked to make art around that theme.

As we have many employees from different backgrounds, in all sorts of ways, this is a very important topic to us within the company. Differences, and the embracement of the awareness of it, make us strong.

Inspired by this game, but not yet knowing if I will participate, I took my camera and started to make some pictures today. A few of them I can already share with you here.

My personal experience is that diversity in teams with colleagues and customers makes everything well balanced. For me this is not only about roots, gender or age, but much broader than that.

We are all different and yet so much the same.