"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: JorgeAmely on March 21, 2010, 11:36:56 AMNoticed that it seems to have front pads attached with screws, like the 302?
Quote from: McHeath on March 21, 2010, 12:12:05 PMWhat would you all do with this phone? (out of curiosity) Would you leave as it, give it a good cleanup but leave incomplete, add the missing parts to make it functional, or what? I would clean it up, probably would have contracted that job out with one of our pros on the forum as I'm not the best at it. Certainly would have hooked up a handset to see if it worked. But then not sure, leave it as found with all the missing parts means it's all original, and it's a very historic phone. Adding parts needed to use it could give the satisfaction of using it. Wonder where the seller got it?
Quote from: Drew on March 21, 2010, 07:06:50 PMGlad you got this phone....surely important and rare. It has me thinking about WE policy regarding what was done with these '49s once production of the 500 was off and running in 1950. This example does look to have been put in the 'Trash' pile of some kind at some point. Provokes a flashback of that huge pile of phones I came across in 1971 as a child fishing along a river in Connecticut. Yours thankfully this phone does not look to have been outside though....no rust.The Murray Hills Bell Labs is where the transistor was invented in 1947 or 48, earning Bell Labs the Nobel Prize! I'm going to call my Father in law regarding this......for his father, a physicist, worked briefly at Murray Hills during WWII on the development of radar !This must be a prototype with that writing on the base......unusual to say the least. Never seen that.As to how to proceed with it.....some of the restoration/display ideas mentioned are good ideas. In a way simply cleaned and left in it's current state and presented at shows would work since it is such a rare item - until research and location of correct parts can be done. It would be among the very few "rough condition" sets to draw a crowd at an event.Thanks for sharing the photos & details......we've all learned something important about 500 history.Drew
Quote from: Dan/Panther on March 22, 2010, 12:16:08 AMJorge;you may be right, I went by what was posted at Pauls site, he said the earliest 500 were C2A. But if this is in fact a prototype it could well be some other ringer. Any ideas what it might be ?I will re-post the photos tomorrow, after a few inquiries.D/P
Quote from: Dan/Panther on March 24, 2010, 12:24:54 AMI'm also leaning towards a field trial set of '48. The only thing I'm unsure of is the O/Operator/Z, number wheel. That is what is on the Henry Dreyfus phone in his photo.D/P
Quote from: Dan/Panther on March 23, 2010, 11:21:53 PMDan;To be perfectly honest with you, I didn't know there were any officially dated 1948, I think maybe prototypes were fabricated in '48, and I'm leaning towards this may be one of them, I really hope it turns out to be 1949.D/P