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Too Unusual to Sell / Shoe Phone (B and W)








A later version of this 1980 handmade telephone made it to the Guinness Book of Word Records as being the world's smallest phone.   Designed to be a portable lineman's handset, it could do everything that the unit worn on a telephone repairman's belt could do: it had a monitor mode, 16-button touch-tone, polarity LED, and a neon bulb which flashed when it rang.  The other shoe had tools in it, such as screwdrivers, wire cutters, alligator clips, everything you needed to troubleshoot common telephone problems on premises.  (See also this page for the final, smaller version which made the Guinness Book.)

The final version of these shoes are currently on display at the Museum of Communications in Berlin (Museum für Kommunikation Berlin).

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