Were you lucky enough to know the wonders of a home intercom system? A popular upgrade added to many a midcentury home, the home intercom system was a big step towards easy communication and whole-home entertainment.

No matter if your midcentury home has a functional home intercom system or the relic of a once-useful modern amenity, this fun read from Apartment Therapy is a great start to the weekend.

The ’60s and ’70s were really the heyday of the home intercom system, though intercoms in the office existed far before then. NuTone, a popular purveyor, introduced its first model in 1954. (The early NuTone intercoms were built with vacuum tubes, a technology you might remember from computer science class.) You might have had an intercom system at home, if you were born at a particular time and in a particular house, in which case you might recall the voice of your mom or dad suddenly blaring over a loudspeaker in your bedroom. Or maybe you have memories of homes with unused or nonfunctional speaker boxes embedded into the wall, the relics of a more (or less) connected time.

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Do you have a NuTone system and want to learn more about it? Head to the experts!

Want to set up your own home intercom system? Here are the modern versions of the midcentury marvel!



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