Mix & Genest Weltruf

Mix & Genest WeltrufHet is een beetje een vreemde een in de bijt, deze is M&G Weltruf, hetgeen wereldfaam betekent.Deze naam lijkt afkomstig van de manier waarop M&G zich presenteerde, met hetzelfde woord in deze advertentie uit de jaren 30. Het feit dat deze telefoon een naam heeft, in plaats van een modelnummer is nogal ongebruikelijk voor deze periode.

Mix & Genest advertentie jaren 30
Mix & Genest advertentie jaren 30

Veel informatie is er niet over te vinden, ook al is het model zelf niet super zeldzaam. Mix & Genest had een varian van de Antwerp Phone in productie, aangezien M&G onderdeel van ITT was, toen dit ontwerp ergens in de jaren 30 werd geintroduceerd. Wanneer dat was, is niet duidelijk. Er worden verschillende data genoemd.

Mix Genest Weltruf advert 2
Mix Genest Weltruf advert 2

To me the Antwerp phone seems to be somewhat more modern than the Weltruf, but the book “Telefone 1905 – 1980” by Holger Junghardt seems to say the Weltruf was developed to compete with the W38, which was introduced in 1938.
This would suggest that an introduction date earlier than 1938 is unlikely. Furthermore the Antwerp phone itself was not introduced until 1936, so its successor should be of a later date.

The configuration of the Weltruf is very similar to the Siemens & Halske Modell 27/W28. Metal base with bakelite upper body shell, number card window integral part of the body. This seems to me a bit of a throwback, as most of the models from this era, including the Antwerp phone, have all components mounted on the base plate, to provide easy access for production, maintenance and repair.

Mix Genest Weltruf advert
Mix Genest Weltruf advert

It also has a couple of interesting unique features. The base plate is not fastened with screws or bolts and clicks in place with a few tabs.
It has concentric bells, giving the Weltruf a relatively small footprint.
The design of the cradle has an integrated handgrip, with only one small plunger on the left side (check).

Quite a number of versions were made, with different kinds of buttons at the front. The most common versions are the single line version and the single line version with earthing button. They were exported to several countries and a lot of them can be found in Hungary and Romania.

Mix Genest Weltruf broken dial
Mix Genest Weltruf broken dial

I have 2 Weltrufs at the time of writing this article, a normal desk version without earthing button and a multi-line version, which is damaged.

My normal desk top version has a damaged dial, unfortunately, see picture on the left. This design and finger hole distribution is particular to this model, so it is not easily replace. I have made a similar looking dial from Siemens parts, as a place holders, which can be seen in the very first picture.

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