Bauhaus Dessau H. Fuld & Co Telephone Phone - Works!

Original Art Deco Telephone
Rare 1934 H. Fuld & Co. / T&N "Frankfurt" Bauhaus Telephone
in Excellent Condition, Working and Includes Original Cords. Has the rarer, earlier kugel or ball-shaped transmitter cap, and also includes a T&N tag in the back of the base..
"Fuld Telephone. The Indefatigable Helper for the Modern Businessman"

You are bidding on an exceptionally hard-to-find telephone manufactured by H. Fuld & Co., Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in February of 1934. The telephone base shell is bakelite with a zinc baseplate, and the earlier bakelite handset, with the "kugel" or ball-shaped transmitter cap.

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The Fuld is often referred to as the Bauhaus Telephone, probably because working papers are said to have been drafted for a new telephone design in 1925 at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany, for use in what was then, modern industry. It is unknown to this writer who, at the Bauhaus, drafted the first design of this phone, or even if such a draft was actually made t I suspect it may have been Marcel Breuer who designed the shell and handset of the phone, as roughly at the same time, he was employed to draft working designs for construction of the H. Fuld & Co. / Telefonbau & Normalzeit factory in Frankfurt. This project would have put Breuer

A copy of this phone is reputedly in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which would not be surprising. It is literally one of the very first ever modern art deco telephones.

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As far as this writer knows, the official designation of this telephone model is the "Mod. von 1928". Other persons have referred to it as the "Frankfurt" or "Bauhaus".

The Bauhaus and H. Fuld & Co. both share a unique historic trait. They were both expropriated in late 1932, and then shut down in 1933, by the Nazis.

Harry Fuld was born in 1879, and at age 19 he and his partner (Carl Lehner) formed H. Fuld & Co. The company thrived as an independent telephone supplier, renting telephones to subscribers through the German post office telephone franchise. His success lasted for decades, making him one of the wealthiest industrialists in Germany towards the end of the 1920's. Fuld's day in the sun, however, would not last past the year 1932. As the Nazi's gained power and momentum, Fuld, a Jew who was married to a Christian, retreated to Switzerland w he died on January 26, 1932.

The Bauhaus was established in Wiemar, Germany in 1919. By 1925 it had relocated to the famous campus in Dessau w it remained until 1932.

In 1932, the Nazis shut down the Dessau Bauhaus and by the end of 1933 H. Fuld & Co. Fuld's company was forced to merge and became Telefonbau & Normalzeit. Though both companies were owned and operated in tandem with one another, because Fuld was Jewish, his company was forced to merge or become expropriated. Ultimately the Nazis took everything, and, they also took the Bauhaus campus in Dessau and used it for their own purposes.

The Bauhaus briefly moved to Berlin, but it was ultimately shut down in 1933 by Nazi orders deeming it "degenerate".

Harry Fuld left behind his young son Peter, who himself would flee Germany to England before the end of the 1930's only to find himself detained as a German national by the British authorities. Eventually, Peter was allowed to immigrate to Canada in the 1940's w he obtained a law degree and took on a partner in his new telecommunications empire. Peter was a philanthropist whose work, including the advancement of h...

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