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answering machine

A device that allows phone callers to record their messages if the phone is not picked up. AT&T, then a monopoly on all phone service in the U.S., debuted the first answering machine in the early 1950s.

The "Telegraphone" Was Invented 50 Years Earlier
In 1900, Danish inventor Valdemar Poulsen created the first answering machine using magnetic recording on a wire. Astonishing the world for its high-tech functionality, the Telegraphone was prohibited in the U.S. because AT&T did not allow attaching third-party equipment to its network until 1956. See AT&T.
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Ross, 47, and Brand, 33, left Mr Sachs answerphone messages claiming his grand-daughter, model and exotic dancer Georgina Baillie, 23, had slept with Brand.
"As the result of a message left on one of the partnership schools' answerphones, the headteacher decided to lockdown Duncow, Dunscore and Moniaive primary schools.
Princethorpe Junior said in a statement published on its website: "Princethorpe Junior School received an anonymous answerphone message with a bomb threat to the school.
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Tickets available from the Convenience Stores Buckley or from Esmor Davies, call 01244 541791 or 07877 292394 (leave message on answerphone)
DENBY DALE AND KIRKBURTON Neighbourhood Policing Team Update: We have had a few instances where people have told us about incidents via our answerphone at Kirkburton Station, or a few days afterwards as they were not sure if they should ring 999 or 101.
A SHOCKED ex-model listened to an answerphone message from her local doctor's surgery calling her a "right old dog".
KELL BROOK has revealed a drunken answerphone message from Matthew Hatton over Christmas helped put the domestic rivals on a collision course for a high-profile showdown in Sheffield.
It comes as former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was shown documents by police which proved that her answerphone messages had been intercepted.
What a joy it is to phone this city store and speak directly and instantly to a real person rather than a robotic answerphone which gives you a multitude of options.
According to their webpage, the way to get tickets for their productions is to leave details on their answerphone system.
He was the third journalist arrested since the Metropolitan Police reopened their inquiry into claims that staff at the top-selling newspaper hacked into the answerphone messages of celebrities and politicians.