Bakelite telephone

ベークライト電話

10 March 1976, Sweden
Telephone Centenary
designer: Tom Hultgren
engraver: Zlatko Jakus

This telephone was already retro when the stamp was issued – the central image is an Ericsson DBH 1001 model, designed in 1929 by Norwegian designer Jean Heiberg.  I was reading about the development of the telephone, then found this picture in the article!

A line drawing of an earlier telephone receiver is on top and an electric circuit is framing this stamp – technical but somehow enchanting – a celebration of the great invention, which has turned into the now indispensable article.

この切手が出た時、この電話機はすでにレトロだったはず、、、と思いつつ電話機の歴史を読んでいて、この写真を見つけました。エリクソンDBH 1001型は1929年にノルウェー人がデザインし、工業化が可能になった初期のプラスティック、ベークライトで作られました。

受話器の上にはさらに以前の受話器の線描があり、周囲が電気回路記号でふちどられているこの切手。まじめな図柄なのに微笑ましい。この切手が出た36年前、電話が今のような「ポケットの中の道具」となることを人々は想像していたでしょうか?

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