Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum
Hugh Hetherington Hearing Aid Museum

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Conversation Tubes

The Vibraphone

This 38 inch conversation tube was listed in the 1922 Montgomery Ward catalogue as being like a conversation tube, but with an internal metal diaphragm inside to intensify the sound waves.

It came in two models. This more expensive silk one sold for $3.29.

The 2.25 inch bell opening is made of metal and the ear piece is hard rubber.

 

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The Vibraphone at the right is the cheaper mohair model. It sold for $2.85.


 

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A different, but similar conversation tube covered with multi-colored woven fabric.


 

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The Vibraphone in use. The man, William Foster, is speaking to his hard of hearing aunt, Bertha Foster, near Remus Michigan. This picture was taken in the 1920s.


 

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Here is the ad for the Vibraphone from Montgomery Ward's 1922 catalogue.

 


 

 

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