A friend moved into new digs this year, and was confronted by the most comprehensive 1960s Com System she had ever seen.
It was wired throughout the two-story house, with speaker and microphones in many of the rooms. There was even a speaker out on the porch that overlooks the city. Most of it still works, and we have parties there under the glorious umbrella of AM Radio.
When I was a kid this would have generated hours and hours of playtime. The mere fact of having two-maybe-three intercoms in a house could help children imagine all sorts of stuff. original Star Trek episodes could be reenacted. Submarine adventures – Dive Dive Dive! Even pretending to be a chef calling out orders in a really big kitchen.
The possibilities are endless.
Check out these detail shots:
Space-Age Nutone logo
Skyline of Bellevue WA under the roof-mounted Nuton deck intercom
Intercom Command Center in the Dining Room
“Remotes” – nothing wireless here; slide switches communicate with each room.
For the record, Nutone is still around – making intercoms, security systems, even bathroom fan assemblies. Sadly none of the products have that awesome space-age logo!