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Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?

Started by HobieSport, November 26, 2008, 09:53:35 PM

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What's your oldest mostly original 500?

I have a '49, but don't tell anyone.
1 (0.9%)
1950
11 (9.8%)
1951
19 (17%)
1952
25 (22.3%)
1953-1957
68 (60.7%)

Total Members Voted: 112

HobieSport

I have a couple of '54s, a '56 and a '57.

benhutcherson

A '52, and a couple in the '53-57 range(all black) myself

bingster

= DARRIN =



benhutcherson


McHeath

My oldest 500 is dated 12/51 and is a J/K.  That Kirk fellow who claims to have a 49' 500, wish his picture was better and he had more of them.

Dan

I have a 52 and a 55 black ones.( I have a 58 554  dark beige wall phone too.)

My fav at the monemt is an AE40 with chrome bands, but the 500 ring is my childhood so I will "rotate my stock ' and  get out a black one for Christmas
"Imagine how weird telephones would look if our ears weren't so close to our mouths." - Steven Wright

Dan/Panther


The More People I meet, The More I Love, and MISS My Dog.  Dan Robinson

Dennis Markham

#7
My oldest black 500 is from December of 1950.  I bought it the way it is....Network is 4/1950, Bells and 7A dial 12-50, Case is August of 1950, handset is dated 11/1950 with elements both from 12-1950.  The handset cord is a replacement but a straight black cord.  I have probably 6 or 8 other black ones from 1951 through 1958.  At one time I wanted one from each year.  I kind of gave up on that idea, not because I couldn't find them but it was getting crowded.  My favorite has to be my "birthday" phone.  All parts are dated 4-22-55, the day I was born.  Even the straight black handset cord is original.  I use it daily.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Dennis

Dan/Panther

Dennis;
I would love to find a 500 with all matching dates from year of birth, but unfortueately, I was born in 1949.

D/P

The More People I meet, The More I Love, and MISS My Dog.  Dan Robinson

Dennis Markham

Dan,
Never say never...maybe there's one out there.  More likely a Model 302 or 354.  What month?  I'll keep my eyes open.

Attached are a couple of photos.  I actually have two black cases dated 4-22-55-3.  The third shift (I was born on the afternoon shift too).  On this one the date is a little worn but is in the best condition and was part of the original phone so I don't want to swap them out.  It is the phone that appears at the top of my web site.

Dennis

Sargeguy

The only WE500 I have is from 1960, but its been in the family since then and has sentimental value  :'(  I like the neoprene feet but I hate the upgraded modular cord!!!
Greg Sargeant
Providence, RI
TCI /ATCA #4409

mienaichizu

mine is 63, its not that old

my cousin has a black 500 with metal dial so i suspect its from the 50's, she's not willing to give it to me, hehehehe

McHeath

I'm on the hunt these days for a 49' year 500, there has to be one come up for air sooner or later.  I'm also on the hunt for a 2006 model 500, the last of the Cortelco jobs, in black preferably.  First and last year of production. 

JimH

I have a perfect dates-matching 8-52, but I also have one with the following:

Chassis 3-50
Shell  11-30-50
handset 8-51
ringer 1-56
capsules '55

It also has "C/D 500 CONV" in red on the bottom.  It says "I  3-50" in an odd place not by the ringer adjustment, but more near the front of the phone on the bottom.
Jim H.

JimH

Dennis,
Do you know if they made phones on Sundays?  I was born on a Sunday.....1-31-65.  It would be cool to have a "birthday" phone, too.
Jim H.