"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by Dan/Panther, March 20, 2010, 11:08:11 PM
Quote from: gpo706 on April 09, 2010, 12:12:38 AMHehehe Jim lays down the gauntlet, actualy a half and half dremelled case seems rather daunting, but seeing how you handled the fingerwheel would be well capable with your skills D/P.
Quote from: Jester on April 09, 2010, 12:27:20 AMI'm thinking an old fashioned coping saw will give you better control through this material.
Quote from: Dan/Panther on April 09, 2010, 12:29:23 AMThe wheels are staring to spin. Can you imagine if the areas were cut from the shell, and Ray kotke could put the cut down shell, in his mold and fill in the blank area with his resin. Now that would look superb.D/P
Quote from: McHeath on April 09, 2010, 12:53:13 AMWow, it's a phone again!!!Many thanks to Jim S for donating that shell and handset, that's quite the find in themselves, a shell and handset from 1950. Of course I'm keeping my eyes peeled for that 48' shell, it's got to be in a pile of discards someplace eh? This has really been a great thread, we've all gotten to share in a history making moment, the finding of what is perhaps the only surviving 1948 field trial Western Electric model 500. Many of us have at least one 500 laying about, and it's arguably the most important telephone of the second half of the 20th century. (with contenders in the GPO 706 series and the AE 80, to name just a couple) We will never see the like again, a phone that was years in the development, a no expensive spared project that set new standards for ease of use, ergonomics, and reliable service. A phone that is still in production today by Cortelco, albeit without a dial and only in red. The G series handset of the 500 is the ubiquitous symbol of telephony that we encounter daily, it's on signs for payphones, on many of our cell phones as the "send" symbol, and still in mass production by a myriad of companies making WE 2500 and 2554 clones. The ringer sound of the 500 is legendary as well. I've read that at least 150 million were made and some sources claim as many as 200 million by all makers.And D/P has the oldest one! That is an extraordinary thing to be able to claim, I have a couple of dozen 500s, and we see them all the time at thrift stores and the like, most are nothing all that special. We justifiably get excited about the rare ones, the Med blue with it's original gray cords, or the yellow soft plastic, or a 1950 with the word operator curved under the 0. But then to have the grandfather of them all, the rarest of the rare, by comparison the Med blue and yellow soft plastic are common as pebbles in a creek. Hats off to Dan for finding this phone and restoring it, by doing this you've done a real historical service for not only all phone collectors, but all students of 20th century American industrial and technological history. And kudos to everyone who contributed new parts for this exotically rare phone!I hope to see this phone in person someday at a show, I would drive just to get to see it in person.