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Conversation Tubes

Vibratube

The American Earphone Company in New York manufactured this Vibratube.

This model is a rubber tube covered in black fabric ($5.00). They apparently also made a spiral metal tube model for $7.00.

This conversation tube dates from somewhere around 1920.

 

 

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A picture of a second Vibratube in the museum. The tube of this Vibratube is 32½" long. The overall length including earpiece and bell is 39".


 

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Close-up of the Vibratube earpiece. The earpiece is 4½" long.


 

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Close-up of the Vibratube bell. The bell is 4½" long and is 1¾" in diameter.


 

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The Vibratube pulls apart into three pieces. This makes replacing any broken part very easy. Also, it makes it easy to adjust the earpiece or mouthpiece to point in any desired direction. The joins are simply a "press fit".

This tube is 36 inches long. The ear piece and bell are made of hard rubber.
 

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The Vibratube assembled and mostly unrolled to show its length.


 

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The attached tag states "The mouth piece should touch the lips of speaker for best results." They're not kidding. When I put my mouth to the mouthpiece and spoke in a soft voice, even with my severe loss, I could hear my voice wonderfully well.

Here is a sales sheet for the Vibratube.


 

 

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