Maybe interesting toy in junk shop...

Bill Sudbrink wh.sudbrink at
Sat Jul 2 22:28:04 CDT 2016

The reel was pretty clearly a supply real.  The paper tape,
there was some left on it, was newsprint weight, white.  I
see I neglected to mention that there were a pair of slots
near the reel that seemed to be aligned so that the paper
could be threaded through them.  There was printing on the
buttons but I don't recall what it said.  I will try to make
some time to go back tomorrow if they are open.

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> Subject: Re: Maybe interesting toy in junk shop...
> On Sat, 2 Jul 2016, Bill Sudbrink wrote:
> > I was poking around a junk shop that I visit from time
> > to time and I saw a toy.  It didn't really strike me as
> > that interesting when I saw it but I've been wondering
> > about it since I left the place this morning.  The
> > thing was mostly red plastic with a cardboard bottom.  It
> > had a two-prong AC cord and a four prong "old fashioned"
> > telephone jack.  It had two big buttons and a spool of
> > paper tape mounted on the front.  The tape was about 1/4
> > inch wide.  I call it a toy because it had that sort of
> > feel about it.  It was not clearly labeled as such.  It
> > was also styled in a way that suggested late 1960s to me.
> > The whole thing was the size of a small shoe box.  I
> > can't find anything like it in google searches.  I wonder
> > if it might have some early modem like device in it.  Does
> > this description "ring a bell" with anyone?
> an auto-dialer for an alarm system?
> Was it punched tape (used as ROM)?
> or blank tape with some sort of marker?
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