Four years after he came to the United
States, Bob Nordenswan in 1913 joined our apparatus drafting group, but
was soon assigned to the engineering of transmission instruments. During
World War I he worked on battle telephones for the Navy and on submarine
and subterranean sound ranging systems. 'After the war he had charge of
our responsible for the design of large horns and of handsets. While
developing the handset it was his hand which squeezed a lump of modeling
clay into a shape which determined that of the handset handle.
EDITORS NOTE: This looks
like the head from an ERPI (ERPI,
Electrical Research Products Inc., was formed as a Western Electric
subsidiary) sound system, perhaps Robert helped
Al Jolsen to be heard in the Jazz Singer, the first sound movie?
Appears to be a hearing test
Later Mr. Nordenswan joined the Specialty
Products design group where he was concerned with the development of
phonograph 'pickups', audiphones, audiometers and music distribution
systems for hotels. In 1938 he transferred to electromechanical apparatus
development on the production design of message registers, mounting plates
and soldering irons. During the war he designed timing devices and
interrupters for Bell System and for military uses,
and subsequently he has been working on apparatus for distributing tickets
in toll offices, mounting plates and other central office apparatus. -
December, 1950 Bell Laboratories 'RECORD'