A primitive device for controlling the return rate of a phone dial. The dial is spring-loaded, so it spins back. However, you want it to return at a fixed rate, so it will transmit the dial pulses at that rate.

The centrifugal friction device is attached to the dial and spins along with it. It has 2 small arms; spinning lifts them due to centrifugal force. This brings tiny brake pads at the tips of the arms into contact with a ring, and slows down the rotation.

If you take apart a rotary dial telephone, you may find one of these inside. If you take that apart, you won't be able to put it back together...

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