Robert Nordenswan
Home ] Up ]


ROBERT NORDENSWAN wpe3.gif (178397 bytes)

(Allow time for all images to load before looking at this!)
(Material here falls under copyright of Bell labs and SMECC)

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.

wpe5.gif (242538 bytes)wpe7.gif (251707 bytes)

wpe2E.gif (257665 bytes)

wpeA.gif (224510 bytes)wpeD.gif (217269 bytes)

wpeF.gif (241708 bytes)wpe12.gif (209537 bytes)

wpe3E.gif (209708 bytes)

wpe1B.gif (256788 bytes)

wpe1E.gif (58499 bytes)wpe20.gif (106163 bytes)

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?

nordenswanaudiotest.jpg (137479 bytes)

Appears to be a hearing test set?

wpe32.gif (167452 bytes)

wpe29.gif (51254 bytes)wpe2C.gif (130494 bytes)
wpe22.gif (136465 bytes)

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. -

wpe14.gif (204276 bytes)

wpe17.gif (65629 bytes)

wpe19.gif (268637 bytes)


December, 1950 Bell Laboratories  'RECORD' retirement column.



Editor's note... we were brought an interesting looking  faux leather ringed binder imprinted in gold on the cover was the name Robert Nordenswan, apparently made up at the time of Robert's retirement. Included in this are many photographs, copies of patients and  the 1950 Bell Laboratories  'RECORD' magazine that you are viewing here....  Some of the  Photos and  documents are provided here ... for more research checks the museum' Bell Laboratories personnel file cabinet. Ed Sharpe archivist for SMECC

Everyday we rescue items you see on these pages!
What do you have hiding in a closet or garage?
What could you add to the museum displays or the library?



DONATE! Click the Button Below!

Thank you very much!


Material SMECC 2007 or by other owners 

Contact Information for
Southwest Museum of Engineering,
Communications and Computation 

Talk to us!
Let us know what needs preserving!


Postal address - Admin. 
Coury House / SMECC 
5802 W. Palmaire Ave 
Glendale, AZ 85301 

Electronic mail 
General Information: