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Super-Ear Type G with Headband/Ear Clip

The Super-Ear Type G was manufactured by the American Ear Phone Company of New York, NY in 1925.

It could be worn with a headband (shown in picture) or with an ear clip (shown later).

The Super-Ear was primarily sold via direct mail.

With the headband, it weighed just 1.3 oz. (38 g). It measured 1¾" (front to back) x 2 7/16" high x 1 5/16" (width of scoop) (4.5 x 6.2 x 3.3 cm).

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Front close-up view of the Super-Ear Type G showing the "scoop". In fact, these devices were sometimes referred to as ear scoops.

The scoop funneled the sound waves to the back of the scoop where there was a narrow opening at the end of the raised metal  sound chamber (left) from which the sounds then proceeded to the ear tip (white left).

 

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Rear view of the Super-Ear Type G showing the back of the "scoop" with the headband attached.

The scoop was made of a type of opaque black plastic.

 

 

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Side close-up view of the Super-Ear Type G showing how the shape of the "scoop" funneled the sound waves to the back of the scoop where they entered the sound chamber and thence to the white ear tip (right).

 

 

 

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Close-up view of the bottom of the Super-Ear Type G showing the manufacturer's name and model number.

At the top it reads, "Pat. U.S. 3-3-25" (March 3, 1925) and "Canada 3-31-25" (March 31, 1925).

In the middle it reads, "Apply to best ear". (Since you only have two ears, that's incorrect English. It should have read "better ear" This was corrected in the Type H version that came out the following year.

Below that is "Trade Mark Super-Ear", "Amer. Earphone Co. New York" and the model, "Type G".

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Close-up view of the ear tip of the Super-Ear Type G. Note that in Type G the ear tip was glued in place so it was "one size fits all".

 

 

 

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Front view of the Super-Ear Type G showing the two clips (one at each side of the front corner of the sound chamber) into which the tips of the headband slid which tightly held the headband to the Super-Ear. The headband tips are shown directly below.

 

 

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Front view of the Super-Ear Type G showing the two clips (one at each front corner) with the headband clips in place, holding the two part tightly together.

The headband is shown here configured to fit the left ear. (The headband goes off to the left.) It could also be configured to fit the right ear (with the headband going off to the right).

 

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Front view of the Super-Ear Type G showing the dummy wearing it on the left ear, held in place with the headband. Note how the headband held the Super-Ear tight to the external ear.

The Super-Ear mimicked cupping your hand behind your ear so you could hear better.
 

 

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Side view of the Super-Ear Type G showing the dummy wearing it on the left ear, held in place with the headband.

 

 

 

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Rear view of the Super-Ear Type G showing the dummy wearing it on the left ear, held in place with the headband. Note that from the rear the Super-Ear doesn't seem to fit as tightly as it appears to from the front.

 

 

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In addition to the headband, the Super-Ear Type G could be held in place by ear clips. The ear clips where held in place exactly the same way as the headband was. You just pulled the headband tips out and inserted the tips of the ear clips in their place.

The ear clip assembly is shown directly below the Super-Ear scoop.

 

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Front view of the Super-Ear Type G showing the dummy wearing it on the left ear held in place with ear clips. Note that the ear clips did not hold the Super-Ear as tightly to the external ear as did wearing the headband.

 

 

 

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Rear view of the Super-Ear Type G showing the dummy wearing it on the left ear, held in place with ear clips. Note that from the rear the Super-Ear didn't hold the Super-Ear in place tightly at all.

Note: the ear clips were designed to be bent to fit different sizes of ears.

 

 


 

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