Having always had an interest in spies, attache and briefcases, I couldn't resist buying this on Ebay. It popped up around 2005, was very reasonably won and it came all the way from the USA.
Its a Bell American VOX XXI Portable Telephone circa 1979, part of the origin of today's tiny mobile phones!
There's a dial handset and whole console of big buttons, none of which I can fathom! The blue metal cover is atop a huge battery, which takes up most of the case and weighs an absolute ton! Needless to say its flat and I have no way of charging it.
It came with dealer correspondence and information.
The letter dated 1979 explains that such a telephone would cost around $4,000 all in! God knows how much that would be now! It was clearly a rich kids' toy this!
The letter hails from General Electric in Ferndale, Michigan, USA.
A 1983 spec sheet was in there too!
The base of the case has four feet, two maker's plates and a plug socket.
The socket, close up above, has 10 pins. is this for power or something else? there is a jack plug socket next too it. As to what for I'm unsure.
I'd love to charge it up and make a call! ha ha.
It's the closest I've ever come to one of those iconic cases from 2001 A Space Odyssey containing a complete office like the one below, complete with television! Anyone got one of those beasts?