"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Greg G., May 06, 2009, 12:43:09 AM
QuoteI take it you've received numerous emails from antique phone collectors. I don't want to add to that, but should you come across another "sad and non-working" phone like this, please keep in mind a similar one that I refurbished. A picture is attached. I think yours is the single-line version of mine, although I'm not sure.
QuoteHello,No emails but yours at this point, but I did find the link to my creation on ClassicRotary... I expect that there will be phone people pecking away for the next who knows how long. lol I put the note on the listing to head them off. You did a fine job on the resto. Wow! Is the phone in use or just a working historical artifact?I find phones all the time in my searches of junk shops, thrift stores, garage sales, etc. I rarely research them. When I amend them for lights, I try to leave as much of it untouched as possible. This particular phone could be "brought back to life" by the right person.Just today I found another phone. 1937. Oak box with generator that rings two bells. There is a desk phone (black) that is attached by a cord and there are two smaller wires coming from the box that look like they are electrical. I have it in my studio, not certain what will be done with it down the road. Any expert thoughts on it? Would it be sacrilege to alter it? Thanks for the kind email. Rodger
QuoteHi RodgerI don't want to use the word "sacrilege", but it's a bad idea to alter any antique phone into something it wasn't meant to be. The phone you turned into a lamp, even though you preserved as much as possible, could have fetched you two or three times as much with a little effort to clean it up, e.g. the phone appears to have been painted by a previous owner. Removing the paint and repainting it the original color would have made it a very collectible piece, even if you couldn't vouch for it's functionality. Heck, even as is (or was), it was a very collectible piece.These phones were made to last. I found a 70yo phone at a yard sale and even though it was rusted and corroded inside, when I hooked it up I got a dial tone and was able to dial out and receive calls, it fully functioned, I just cleaned it up. Here's a link to my thread on it: www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=3039.0Chances are your phone could easily be made to function also. I've been collecting phones for almost 3 years. I have no knowledge of electronics, but the vast majority of the non-functioning vintage phones I find can be made to function using just a screwdriver and moving a wire or two. As for the phone in the picture I sent you, right now it's non-functioning, but only because I need help in interpreting the schematics in order to make it function as a single-line phone. Yours was made by the same manufacturer, Stromberg-Carlson.Before you alter any more phones, I would like to invite you to use Classic Rotary Phone Forum as a source for researching the phones you find. It's a very friendly group and I've gained a lot of knowledge from it, I'm sure you will too.Greg
Quote from: Doug Rose on November 20, 2011, 09:53:21 AMShow a picture of how you connected the bulb on the back. If it is reverseable it is not sacrilege, just a momentary lapse of reasoning. If you drilled the metal........Welcome to the Forum...Doug
Quote from: ESS on November 20, 2011, 12:56:04 PMThank you all for your comments and input!As for messing up... sounds like we did. A hole was drilled in the top to insert the metal pole for the lamp portion. Inside where the receiver hangs from we installed an insulated pressure switch, so when you pick up the receiver the light goes on, hang up the phone and the light goes off.To return to original state would only require removing the electrical wires, but would need to replace the curved piece at the top of the phone.I will try and get pictures of the other phones, one looks similar to this one, but at the mouthpiece end it is sliver in color with "Kellogg" stamped on the face at the top, and at the bottom is stamped: 818577L, no markings on the bottom, just one screw.The other is a desk model, I will have to dig out of box it's in.Thanks again for the input!Ed