"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Jester, February 28, 2010, 11:48:47 PM
Quote from: Phonesrfun on March 02, 2010, 01:04:48 AMI think next on my list will be a two tone with gray cords.Something new for a change.-Bill Geurts
Quote from: Jester on March 02, 2010, 12:45:22 PMDoug,I prefer the straight cord. Also, a straight, gray corded phone will generally go higher in bidding than the same phone with curly gray cords. As Jonathan pointed out earlier, the cord to find is a color matching straight handset cord for red. The same for yellow & moss green. Straight cords in general give the 500 a unique look that we aren't familiar with. While they were common on the early black sets, they were less so on the color sets, & customers were happy to pay extra for the optional curly cord when it was an option, making the straight cords even less common. The one negative to the straight cord--& probably why it went away--is that it's very hard to neatly stow one in a confined space & still be able to use it. This is something the curly cord did very nicely.
Quote from: Jester on March 02, 2010, 11:51:26 PMDoug,This topic has been discussed before. I'm sure there is some good information here if you do a topic search of "gray cords". Off the top of my head, I recall reading or hearing that there was a problem encountered in producing all the colors with the original cord material. I have never heard what those problems were, but imagine that it had to do with color adhesion and keeping the cord flexible. WE seemed to have early success with ivory, dark gray, & dark brown in their early vinyl cordage. Dark Beige came a little later, then the rest of the colors....except for Mediterranean Blue. As far as I can find, this color retained the dark gray cords until production of it ended in 1957. Hope this helps.