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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

phonium

Quote from: SUnset2 on October 31, 2020, 12:55:39 AM
Here is my 1950.
Did you get that off Ebay recently? I saw one sold that looked like that.
George Amores
ATCA#4857

SUnset2

It was a buy-it-now.  It was only up for a minute or two.  $19.95 + $25.92 shipping.
I don't normally look at plain black 500s, but I've been looking for a mid-1956 for spare parts.  But I couldn't resist this one, as it is older than any other 500s I have.

Jim Stettler

If you  received it this month, then you should put  it in the October 2020 Find of the month

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?action=post;topic=24373.0;last_msg=242994

I will be closing the nominations  no earlier than 7:00 PM MDT.

You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

cchaven

I just picked up a nearly all numbers matching 500T dated 9/51 from the same group of shops I've picked up multiple phones from over the years.  Unfortunately it appears the upper housing has been changed as there is a 'P' and '62' in the circle cast into it with no vermilion date stamp along the edge.

FABphones

500 C/D.   6/1953.
A collector of  'Monochrome Phones with Sepia Tones'   ...and a Duck!
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ChrisW6ATV

I have a red 500 marked C/D 10/52, but it is not all original, since it has a plastic dial. It cost $5 at a thrift shop in northern California in 2010-2014, I forgot what year.

Would it be worthwhile for me to try putting all-1952 parts back into it, if I could find them, or at least a metal dial, or is it better to leave it as is? I definitely like the idea of a matching dial, at least.

JorgeAmely

February 22, 1950
Jorge

MMikeJBenN27

#263
Quote from: ChrisW6ATV on July 01, 2022, 06:33:35 PMI have a red 500 marked C/D 10/52, but it is not all original, since it has a plastic dial...

...is it better to leave it as is? I definitely like the idea of a matching dial, at least.
If you want to keep it red, it is SUPPOSED to have a plastic dial.  Only put a metal dial on it if you want to return it to black.  Western Electric started making plastic color phones in late 1940, but color 500s in 1953.  All color sets have had a plastic dial.

Mike

MMikeJBenN27

#264
Quote from: MMikeJBenN27 on July 02, 2022, 01:37:50 AMIf you want to keep it red, it is SUPPOSED to have a plastic dial.  Only put a metal dial on it if you want to return it to black.  Western Electric started making plastic color phones in late 1940, but color 500s in 1953.  All color sets have had a plastic dial.

One addition - Many, if not most, 1954 red phones had a black dial face and matching metal dial for that year only.
Mike


ChrisW6ATV

Thank you for your comments, Mike. I just saw now that you had replied to my post in July.

I will take time to learn more about the color 500 phones and their components, before thinking of changing anything. I also have an olive-green one, dated 2-75 on a sticker over a presumed older date, but much newer. (It has a bare metal base versus black, and round vinyl or similar feet versus the felt-like older ones, but it is all hard-wired rather than having RJ connectors.)

paul-f

Quote from: ChrisW6ATV on August 31, 2022, 08:35:19 PMI will take time to learn more about the color 500 phones and their components, before thinking of changing anything. I also have an olive-green one, dated 2-75 on a sticker over a presumed older date, but much newer. (It has a bare metal base versus black, and round vinyl or similar feet versus the felt-like older ones, but it is all hard-wired rather than having RJ connectors.)

Following up on Mike's comments, if you want to create a dates-matching 1952 phone to match the base date, it will require replacing all the red components with black parts.

Some good sources for learning more about the color 500s include:
Visit: paul-f.com         WE  500  Design_Line

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MMikeJBenN27

Quote from: MMikeJBenN27 on July 02, 2022, 01:43:15 AMOne addition - Many, if not most, 1954 red phones had a black dial face and matching metal dial for that year only.
Mike


Sorry, forgot about those - red, dark blue, yellow, and dark grey often had black dial faces and metal fingerwheels, and even some later red and yellow ones did.

MMikeJBenN27

#268
Quote from: ChrisW6ATV on August 31, 2022, 08:35:19 PM...I also have an olive-green one, dated 2-75 on a sticker over a presumed older date, but much newer. (It has a bare metal base versus black, and round vinyl or similar feet versus the felt-like older ones, but it is all hard-wired rather than having RJ connectors.)
A goldish base plate with round feet indicates a 1967 or later phone.

Mike