A small clip that I encountered on Youtube last week. Broadcasted by the French TV station Arte in 2006, a small history of the Ericofon. For the linguists amongst us as it is in French.
Digging though the web (as if I do not have anything else to do) I stumbled on this very nice Dutch picture that I want to share with you.
It is very nice to see a shop window like this, never saw a Dutch image like this before. Looking at the time the Ericofon was introduced in The Netherlands, I expect the picture must be made around 1978/1984. However the images give more a 1960’s feeling to me. The photo was made by Piet Koks who seems to be a former Ericsson employee.
Translation of the texts: -“The Ericofon is ideal“- -“Getting older? No staring, you have the dial in your hand” – -“At the reception. Elegant device in modern design“- -“On every small spot. The Ericofon does not need more space than a cup and saucer“-, and last but not least -“In the bedroom. Horn and dial in one“-.
In fact the first slogan is a strange text as the Ericofon was marketed as Ericofoon and not as Ericofon. The relation between a cup and saucer and a bookshelf is something I cannot really see. All slogans that would not survive anymore in this world, but they are so cute, I had to share this in the future.
It is summer, it is hot and the house needs to be cleaned up. Not my favorite task, but it really needs to be done. As we have some major changes being done in the house we need to make some space. The Ericofon activities are unfortunatelly for the moment second priority. But I’ll try to post something at least every month as you are used to. But it will be chit-chat as I do have my collection stowed away in boxes for the moment and no place to work on any phone at all.
Over the years I have gathered a lot of stuff that I do not really need anymore, but it was just a waste to get rid of it. You never know… One of the things that I found in the garage was a box with approximately 100 phone cables. Originating from over a dozen countries it is quite a nice collection of plugs as well. hmm 😉
After taking the picture I sat in the sun starting to sort out the chaos in front of me and I took out the original Ericofon cables. There were just a few in there… The rest, damaged, sticky, dirty and yellowed I took away for recycling.
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?
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.
I am perplexed.
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…
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.
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?
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…
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.
@theobservantreaderofthissite: yes, we have a new wallpaper 🙂
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.
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…
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!!
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…