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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

Dan

#195
Quote from: McHeath on September 26, 2012, 02:01:03 AM
Good deal xhausted!

Hey who voted that they have a 49er?  Did I miss something?  Is that you D/P and your 48er?

I have a 49 network black 500

Search for the thread got a 49er for pictures
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McHeath

I've seen those pictures of the 49er in the Seattle phone museum, very cool.  And having any 49 component is great as well.  Does a member of this forum have a mostly 49' dated 500?

MagicMo

Can someone explain the difference between the reg 500 phones (of which I have a few) and the 500 DM and the 500 D2M? I have some of those too.
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Maureen
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paul-f

500D -- hardwired cords

500DM -- modular cords

500D2M -- Base only for component stocking (bottom plate and mounted components, including dial).  These were stocked in the truck and completed with plastics and handsets of the customer's choice at installation time.

More info on set marking can be found here:
  http://www.paul-f.com/we500typ.htm#Model
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MagicMo

#199
Quote from: paul-f on December 30, 2012, 06:21:00 PM
500D -- hardwired cords

500DM -- modular cords

500D2M -- Base only for component stocking (bottom plate and mounted components, including dial).  These were stocked in the truck and completed with plastics and handsets of the customer's choice at installation time.

More info on set marking can be found here:
 http://www.paul-f.com/we500typ.htm#Model

Thanks Paul!
Practice Kindness :)

jonathan75

My 500 say 3-54.  The handset is Bakelite and the body is plastic.

George Knighton

Is there a year or model of 500 that sort of represents the epitome of that design?

One that is early, but has the major network improvements, but not modular?

I sort of want one or two 500's, even though my preference is for earlier models, and I wonder which ones I should buy that sort of represent, if not actually the best, maybe the epitome.
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Greg G.

Quote from: Brinybay on February 03, 2010, 09:23:38 PM
Quote from: Wallphone on February 03, 2010, 09:05:39 PM
Here is one from 5/52 but is has been reconditioned with modular cords.
> http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120526279863 <
Dougpav

I have a similar beige one from 12-52.  All the inner workings are from 52, case from 65, dial 59.  I plan to "de-refurbish" it back to what it was originally, a black hard-wired 500.  Just need to find the parts for it.

http://s252.photobucket.com/albums/hh22/Brinybay/Telephones/52%20Beige%20mod/

Hmm, that one is no longer in my inventory, I think I sold it to Bill Guerts if I remember correctly.  My oldest now is a black 52-500, a $5 "moldy oldie" yard sale find.  I have a thread here somewhere, but here's the before/after pic.
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paul-f

Quote from: George Knighton on January 07, 2013, 11:45:24 AM

Is there a year or model of 500 that sort of represents the epitome of that design?

One that is early, but has the major network improvements, but not modular?

I sort of want one or two 500's, even though my preference is for earlier models, and I wonder which ones I should buy that sort of represent, if not actually the best, maybe the epitome.


It's obviously a matter of personal preference.  For an iconic black set, my preference leans toward the direction you mentioned -- metal fingerwheel, leather feet, soft plastic and black plungers at a minimum.

If cost and time aren't issues, I'd add the very early pre-injection molded number plate,  straight cords and marked 500 (no suffix).

I'm still dreaming of finding a 1949 set.   ::)

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Greg G.

Quote from: paul-f on January 07, 2013, 02:09:38 PM
I'm still dreaming of finding a 1949 set.   ::)

Me too!  Gotta be some out there somewhere, at a yard sale nearby!
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Dan/Panther

Being that I was born in 1949, I too am still hoping for a 49'er. I would even consider a trade of my field test set for a 49'er.
Dan

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zaphod01

Just bought a 11-51 off ebay. 'Buy it now' price was $14.95. Had only been listed for a few minutes (4 views). Could be junk but I wasn't going to pass it up at that price.
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Mr. Bones

Quote from: zaphod01 on January 26, 2013, 10:39:04 AM
Just bought a 11-51 off ebay. 'Buy it now' price was $14.95. Had only been listed for a few minutes (4 views). Could be junk but I wasn't going to pass it up at that price.


zaphod1, that's a great find! My oldest one is an 8/53 from epay, at $16.04.

Enjoy your new treasure! ;D

Best regards,

Terrence
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HarrySmith

Nice find!Have you opened it up? Are all the dates matching? Can you post a link to the auction?
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zaphod01

#209
Shipped today. Can't wait to open it up.

Here's the link. Paid $15.95 not $14.95 as noted above (got excited).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321062288470
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