from:CollectorsWeekly "Electric was founded as Strowger Automatic Telephone Exchange Co. by Kansas City resident Almon Strowger, who invented the first automatic (dial) telephone switch in 1889. For decades AE was a leading supplier of telephone equipment to independent (non-Bell) telephone companies across the U.S. Many vintage Automatic Electric telephone models have a small sticker on the bottom which reads 'Monophone'."
Although this type of phone is familiar to me it is circa 1950/1960.
The back has a hand grip area (hollow space) for convenience of lifting/moving.
The next Automatic Electric found was the Wall Phone.(moving away from the kitchen) could be had.
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