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C-Phone, Inc. and PocketPhone, Inc.  
From  the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.)


It was not until 1968 that deaf people could communicate with each other over the telephone without the assistance of a hearing person as an intermediary. Thanks to R.H. Weitbrecht, a deaf radio ham (W6NRM), the first practical acoustical coupler was developed and marketed by Applied Communication Corporation in 1967. Using obsolete but otherwise in good working condition teletypewriters were obtained from Western Union Co. and Western Electric Co. (a subsidiary of A.T.&T.) to be used at both ends of the telephone by deaf people. The acoustical couplers served as a translator which translated electrical signals from the teletypewriters into sound and vice versa.  Each letter or number had a distinct sound which were transmitted over the telephone lines just like voices. The concept of communicating, over the phone with teletypewriters caught on quickly over the past ten years, resulting in approximately 30,000 units across the country serving their deaf owners in a very critical way.  Besides being able to communicate, they were able to get in touch with hospitals, police stations, fire stations, department stores, etc. through either their own teletypewriter units or a professional answering service.


In 1972, it became apparent that the supply of obsolete units were dwindling fast and that deaf people would have to resort to the purchase of new teletypewriter units costing above $750 or the new electronic units which were coming out for the first time at equally unaffordable prices. A group of St. Louis, Missouri teletypewriter installers/repairmen who happen to be deaf themselves and who helped the St. Louis network grow from two in 1967 to over 300 deaf telephone subscribers decided to band together and develop an all-electronic device to replace the mechanical teletypewriter units at a price affordable by the deaf people.  On February, 1975, Eugene McDowell, Frederick Stewart, Ralph McLaughlin, Thomas Schwarz, and Paul Taylor began developmental work on an all-electronic unit, beginning with the keyboard design.  Sometime in the summer of 1975, a good friend of Gene McDowell and Paul Taylor, an electronics designer by the name of Dave Scharon joined in the development to accelerate the progress. After three years of on-off joint efforts in their part-times, the C-Phone telecommunication unit was finally fully developed and demonstrated for the first time at the 1978 National Association of the Deaf convention. Reaction to the unit was immediate; units started selling the following November and has continued to this day on an average of 15 units per week at $550 each. Over 500 units has been sold to this day after seven months on the market.


The C-Phone unit is presently manufactured by a subcontractor which makes their own products somewhat related to the C-Phone in appearance but are used in the computer field in business and industry. Due to unexpected demand for the C-Phone in present quantities, the subcontractor has not been able to supply enough units to avoid a huge backlog which now numbers 150 and delivery time is anywhere from eight to sixteen weeks.  In addition, the subcontractor wishes to raise their prices by 20% which of course means that C-Phone must pass them on to their deaf customers. This violates the general philosopy on which the C-Phone company was founded - the manufacture of a telecommunication unit at affordable prices for deaf people to enable as many to use the telephone which, in this day, has become a priceless commodity in our everyday lives to function effectively in a highly competitive world.  Furthermore, many orders have been cancelled after the customers learned of the long delivery times.


To consistently meet delivery schedules and to meet the heavy demand at reasonable prices, it was decided that an independent manufacturing facility operated by C-Phone would be appropriate. In the meantime, another electronics outfit by the name of Pocket-Phone who happens to be staffed by the same electronics designer, Dave Scharon, and an electronic chip programmer, Tom Monsees, who did all the programming work for the C-Phone electronic chips asked to be included in the manufacturing facility so that greater efficiencies can be realized with higher volume work and parts. Pocket-Phone sales have exceeded 600 units since its beginnings last January of this year. The Pocket-Phone is an extremely compact unit weighing only one pound and its readout is 16 characters long. It presently sells for $167.50 which is the lowest priced self contained telecommunication unit for the deaf in the world. The Pocket-Phone is an excellent complement to the C-Phone unit because of its high portability and it costs only a third of the much larger C-Phone unit with its 12 inch screen containing 1,704 characters. The Pocket-Phone units are presently manufactured in the basement of Mr. Scharon's home.


A merger between C-Phone, Inc. and Pocket-Phone, Inc. is foreseen because the two outfits complement each other in many ways. The technical expertise of Pocket-Phone, Inc. and the proven success of C-Phone's marketing strategies due to the fact that the C-Phone, Inc. founders are themselves deaf and have many contacts throughout the deaf world will prove to be a combination that will ensure that highly reliable telecommunication units will be made affordable to the majority of deaf people throughout the world. Capital raised from the sales of either stocks or bonds will be used primarily to finance the acquisition of parts in large volumes to take advantage of lower prices and the establishment of a nominal facility in which units can be manufactured free from subcontractor's limitations or restrictions.


After the establishment of the new merged company, other products will be investigated as to their reliability and cost such as baby cry signalers, wakeup clocks, smoke alarm detectors, etc. If it can be determined that advanced technology can produce similar items at lower cost and at greater reliability, they will be manufactured by the new company for deaf people's benefits.  Another product seriously under consideration is the design and manufacturing of television decoders which will enable deaf people to understand TV programs from an audio standpoint by the way of inserting captions on their individual sets.  In 1980 and 1981, TV stations will begin to broadcast captions on their stations which will be picked up only by TV sets equipped with decoders.


If you wish to be part of our philosophy of providing deaf people with numerous aids at reasonable prices that will enable them to function more normally in a highly competitive hearing world, won't you take an interest in our company either with your moral support or your intent to purchase stocks which could provide you with growth and dividends over the years to come?  Thank you for your interest.


C-Phone - Phone for deaf available for use
University of Central Arkansas


Does anyone have any photographs
 of this C-Phone installation ?

Tell us more about  Jim Therman...


                Phone for deaf available for use

                     A C-phone is available at the University of Central Arkansas.



                        IPTC Keywords:

                      C-phone, University of Central Arkansas, Jim Thurman

From  the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.

*The CPhone Gang...Ralph & Peggy McLaughlin; Gene & Gloria McDowell, and Paul & Sally Taylor, taken 1982 at the NAD Convention in St. Louis .


From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC

Later Photo Year? After Paul Taylor and  Fred Stewart had left the company - 
- Gene & Gloria McDowell, Ralph & Peggy McLaughlin  and 
Tom and Lucy Schwarz
(need to double check on date) 



From  the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.
Ralph & Peggy McLaughlin

From  the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.
Peggy McLaughlin with the C-Phone license plate.



  September/October 1981
(From  the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.)

The hospital's recommitment to its obstetrics department has brought on a flurry of new programs and services, such as Super Siblings. Prospective siblings, getting their first look at a newborn baby, peer through the nursery window as Obstetrics Nurse Debbie Schmaleng, R.N., displays a recent arrival. See page 2


Access for the Hearing-Impaired Patient 


The lightweight, solid-state C-Phone is manufactured in Chesterfield, Mo., by a three-man corporation; two of the members are deaf. It has a standard typewriter keyboard and special signals travel in and out of the device via a telephone receiver. Deaf users type a message, which ap­pears on the screen, either to another TTY user or to Contact's TTY. At Contact, a volunteer takes the message and relays it to the hearing person by voice. Hearing persons contact the hearing­impaired in the opposite manner. 

Responding to the needs of the area's deaf community, The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis has become one of the three local hospitals to provide TTY (teletype) services for hearing-impaired patients. 

TTYs are special home teletype devices that enable the deaf to-contact other hearing-impaired persons via telephone. Patients at Jewish Hospital also will join about 500 area residents who utilize Con­tact, a St. Louis-based volunteer organiza­tion that forwards TTY messages from the deaf to hearing persons and vice-versa. 

Without contact, the deaf could only communicate with other TTY users; now they can reach almost anyone. Users can also call special numbers to receive news summaries and weather reports. 

Although the TTY service is a relatively simple procedure, it is nevertheless an important one because it provides the hearing-impaired patient the independence and privacy that hearing people often take for granted. 

Jewish Hospital TTY services are borne of a concerted effort by Thomas Covey, M.D., and the Associates In Medicine, the hospital's community relations group. Dr. Covey, assistant director of the depart­ment of surgery, had expressed a desire to provide TTY services for hearing-impaired patients; the Associates responded by purchasing a C-Phone, a contemporary, sophisticated TTY that employs a televi­sion screen. Best of all, the C-Phone is portable and easy to operate. 

Seven hospital employees now can pre­pare the unit for use, and the C-Phone is available around the clock. Arrangements for the unit's use and training was coordi­nated by Director of Volunteer Services Elaine Levinsohn, who also has advised several local institutions of the C-Phone's availability, including the Central Institute for the Deaf. ~





C PHONE  SPECIAL SALE!  Let Your Fingers Do The Talking
  FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 1983 SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 1983

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From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection at SMECC

Gene McDowell President C-Phone  
at C-Phone Open House



Let Your Fingers Do The Talking 

• • • 


FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 1983 SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 1983 
1:00 PM TO 8:00 PM 10:00 AM TO 5:00 PM 


If you're looking for an inexpensive TTY/TDD or if you have been putting off purchasing that special TTY, waiting for the RIGHT PRICE ••• now is the time to come out to C-Phone's factory location because we are offering demo C-Phone I and Pocket Phone I units as follows: 

C-Phone I Pocket Phone I 

$495.00 $125.00 
(plus tax) (plus tax) 

Also, take a look at the NEW PRODUCTS C-Phone is now stocking for immediate delivery. We have all types of telephone ring signallers, baby cry, light flashing systems, etc. We are also introducing the AC-RIT Tape 241 TTY with a built-in paper print-out (4~ inches wide)! 


All sales are strictly cash sales. We also accept Master Card and VISA. But you must hurry. The C-Phone I and Pocket Phone I TTYs are first-come, first­served. When these units are sold, these prices will no longer be available. 


C-Phone I and Pocket Phone I demo units are backed by a 30-day parts; 90-day labor guarantee. Some Pocket Phone I units have a green display; some are red. Remember, first-come, first-served. 

SO COME ON OUT TO C-PHONE, INC., to see what is being offered---register for the drawings---and enjoy coffee and donuts. We are looking forward to seeing you April 15 and 16, 1983. 


Drawing will be held Saturday, April 16th, at the end of the sale. If you don't register, you can't win! Winner need not be present. 



For More Info. 


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C-PHONE, INC. 553 Woltner Drive Fenton, MO 63026 
(314) 343-5883 
(Voice & TTY) 



From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection at SMECC

Gloria McDowell tells us: "Getting up in the morning  to work - I was soldering pocket phones at my house before it merged with C-Phone"


From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection at SMECC

From  the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.



From  the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.

From  the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.

From  the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.

C-Phone Brochure- From the TDI  International Telephone Directory of the Deaf from the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC. 

C- SMECC From the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC

C-Phone In use

Sally Taylor tells us - "In this photo the C-Phone was used by a relay service set up in Rochester, New York... Called the “Hi-Line Answering Service”, it operated for several years with limited hours, such as from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday, and no weekend calls. This service was managed by the Monroe County Association for the Hearing-Impaired. Eventually Paul pushed for a 24/7 service, and it went nation-wide, thanks to the signing of the ADA in 1990."

to see or  order a copy of this  photo  from the Baltimore  Sun see this  link



Metropolitan Transit Authority  
Teletypewriter Phone -1 


Bus talk for hearing-impaired 

Alan Winn, of the  MTA demonstrates teletypewriter phone service that will allow the hearing-impaired obtain immediate responses to questions, suggestions or complaints. Deaf bus passengers can call 539-3497; ride-sharers, 859-POOL. 

By Ralph L Robinson - Evening Sun Staff 

FEB 2 1982 E


From TDI  International Telephone Directory of the Deaf from the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC 

Pocket Phone   from the Zimet/Black Collection at  SMECC

With POCKET-PHONE, you or your loved ones 
need never be without telecommunication.


Pocket Phone   from the Zimet/Black Collection at  SMECC



From the TDI  International Telephone Directory of the Deaf from the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC. 



Security and convenience... in your pocket. That's our POCKET-PHONE. Small enough to fit in your glove box, purse, briefcase or large pocket. . . with a price small enough to fit any budget.

This amazing little TDD carries a complete 3-row keyboard that enables it to outperform more expensive TDDs on long distance calls. POCKET-PHONE's battery operation enables users to make calls from a phone booth or other difficult location in emergencies.

It even works over your phone line during a power failure - few TDDs can. (POCKET-PHONE's batteries supply enough power for hours of continuous use and can be recharged hundreds of times.)

Think about it.

With POCKET-PHONE, you or your loved ones need never be without telecommunication.

Where TDD meets computer.

It is simply the most advanced TDD or TTY ever created. While its bright screen displays as many as 300 words of your conversation, C-PHONE allows you to prepare long messages before you make your call, saving on long distance charges.


The son of a computer terminal, C-PHONE's advanced electronics actually make it simple enough for children to use (they can even "draw" pictures with it to send over the phone).

Further refinements include a full 4-row standard keyboard, automatic return/linefeed, jam-free typing without loss of characters, and a lamp-signal outlet.

Really, the only thing not advanced about C-PHONE, is its price.

Our newest helper. Put a 4-row full-travel keyboard, a bright 16-character display, automatic return and linefeed - all in a small, lightweight but rugged package -and you've got our new MINI-PHONE for the utmost in reliable, portable telecomm communication.

And all at a mini-price you'll love.


Talk to us. Now that you've looked over our line, perhaps you can already picture a C-PHONE in your home, a MINI-PHONE for your place of work, and a POCKET-PHONE for car or travel. You can talk to us about any of these products, and even get a special discount for all three (on top of your hearing impaired discount!). Just call or write us at C-PHONE.


553 Wolfner Drive Southport Commerce Ctr.
 Fenton, MO 63026
PHONE (voice or TTY): (314) 343-xxxx







From the TDI  International Telephone Directory of the Deaf from the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC.


From the TDI  International Telephone Directory of the Deaf from the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC. 


From the TDI  International Telephone Directory of the Deaf from the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC. 


From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC


From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC

From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC


From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC


From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC




From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC


From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC



From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC


From the Gene and Gloria McDowell Collection as SMECC









The Final C-PHONE Product Offerings


From the NAD1982 Program Back Cover -  from the  Paul and Sally Taylor Collection at  SMECC 


Sally Taylor relates: These two pages were in another photo album I had (of Rochester people, etc.) and I was surprised to find this CPhone Ad which was in the 1982 NAD program book, seven years after we moved to Rochester. 

I told Paul that apparently the CPhone business in St. Louis went longer than we thought. Paul had mentioned to you some time ago that because we were not in St. Louis anymore, he couldn't work with the CPhone guys and it eventually "petered out" mainly because other portable TTYs were being developed, and there was no money for CPhone to develop more. And we thought it was shortly after we moved to Rochester.

Too bad none of the St. Louis guys are alive now. Gene McDowell, the closest one, died just last Spring. We flew to St. Louis for his funeral. I doubt any of the stuff is still around. Tom Schwarz died long ago. Also Fred Stewart. I could ask Merle Reekers but he was not quite that involved. He might know something so I'll try. 

Paul's memory has faded on this....happened so long ago, and he had moved to Rochester to start a new career in the middle of all this, so a lot of things don't stick to his mind. David Sharon died in a plane crash. Gene Mc Dowell and Tom Schwarz who were partners with Paul are also gone. So sorry we cannot help much with this. But maybe Paul can try to think some more and read some of the stuff to see if it jogs his memory. 



In Memory of Eugene L. McDowell Eugene L. McDowell
November 26, 1936 - February 19, 2012

Born: November 26, 1936
Place of Birth: Mountain View, MO
Death: February 19, 2012
Place of Death: Bridgeton, MO

Memorial Donations
Memorial donations can be made to: 
G.S.L.A.D. Greater St. Louis Association of the Deaf
American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc.

McDowell, Eugene L. "Gene", passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, 
February 19, 2012. 

He was born the second child of five in Mountain View, Missouri on 
November 26,1936. As a small child his family moved to St. Louis. 
Throughout life he was a faithful volunteer at the Greater St. Louis 
Association of the Deaf and taught Sunday School for the deaf. He was the 
first President of Telecommunicators of Greater St. Louis and past 
President of C-Phone Inc. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots 
Association, and a proud union member of the International Association of 
Machinists. He is the beloved Husband of 41 years to Gloria McDowell. 
Cherished Father of Grant and Kurt (Joung-Sun) McDowell. Precious 
Grandfather of Solomon Eugene, his first grandchild. Dear Brother of Ernie 
McDowell, Judy (John) Kreitler, the late Beverly and Deanna. Nephew, 
Cousin, and friend to many. He was a devoted Husband and a Beloved Father. 
He was an avid pilot and boater with a passion for politics. His ashes 
will be interred over sky and water at a later date. 

Services: Memorial Service will be conducted at West Hills Community 
Church, 13250 S. Outer 40, Chesterfield on Monday, 10:30 a.m. In lieu of 
flowers contributions may be made to "G.S.L.A.D." Greater St. Louis 
Association of the Deaf or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. 
Visitation Sunday 4-8 p.m. at SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 
Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, MO. Friends may sign the family’s 
on-line guestbook at Schrader.com. 

Memorial Service
Monday February 27, 2012, 10:30 am at West Hills Community Church 
Click for Map and Directions
Sunday February 26, 2012, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Schrader Funeral Home and 
Click for Map and Directions
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