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Started by FABphones, November 20, 2020, 12:57:42 PM

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Vanity being delivered. That's a nice carriage there
George Amores
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19and41

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Key2871

Imagine finding a vanity like that now, that just came off the wagon. That would be a dream.
KEN

19and41

I'd bet a person handy with woodcraft could make a good reproduction.
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Jim Stettler

Quote from: 19and41 on August 11, 2021, 06:31:34 PM
I'd bet a person handy with woodcraft could make a good reproduction.

I would agree.
Most of the nice WE vanities in the hands of collectors have a few nice repro parts in them.
Some of the early collectors would have 1-2 extra repro parts made, they would sell the spare repro parts to other collectors to offset the cost of having the part created.
Many times the wood parts were made with very old wood to match grain characteristics.
JIm
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FABphones

Post Office Telephones truck.

Interesting mock up of Telephone Poles to top of the (advertising) van on the second image inviting potential subscribers to 'Come On The Telephone'.    C 1934.
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Bell trucks.
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Quote from: Key2871 on August 11, 2021, 09:53:02 AM
Now there's an interesting twist. Phone trucks wrecked or on fire...

Came across a few more.
These on fire...
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19and41

Some vehicles just can't tolerate sitting idling for hours on end.   :D
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— Arthur C. Clarke

Key2871

Yes sitting idle they tend to get very hot.
The proof is in the pictures.
KEN

FABphones

Barbados Telephone Co Ltd
Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company
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Bell Telephone
Instrument Wagon
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Bell truck, Linesmen.
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Image 1, 1928.
Image 2, see second truck above.
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