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Carbon Hearing Aids: 1900-1939

Victor (single) Carbon Hearing Aid

The Victor (single) carbon hearing aid was made by the Victor Ear Phone Co. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, probably somewhere around 1930.

The complete unit including the battery weighed 14 oz. and stood 6" tall.

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Close-up of the front of the Victor (single) carbon microphone showing the pattern of holes in the mic grill.

The microphone was much thicker than other microphones of its time. It measured 2⅜" in diameter by 1⅛" thick.


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The back of the Victor carbon microphone. Engraved on the lower back is the word "Victor" and below it "Made in Canada"

The leather tab at the top was for fastening the microphone to a button on your shirt or jacket, or for running a lanyard through it to wear it around your neck.

 

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The battery terminals plugged directly into the bottom of the Victor's carbon microphone. You can read more about this carbon hearing aid battery here.

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Close up of the Victor's on-off/volume control (shown in the loud position).

 

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The Victor had a very large dynamic receiver that was held in the ear by an ear hook. It measured 1 3/16" in diameter and almost ⅝" thick. It weighed a bit over 1 oz.

 

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Close-up of the back of the Victor's receiver.

 

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The Victor came in this box. It measured 7¼" x 2⅛" x 2⅛" high.

 

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The inscription on the top of the box (although faded) reads "The Victor Ear Phone Co." and below that it gives the address as "96 Bloor Street ... Toronto".

 


 

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