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Find of the month May 2021

Started by Jim Stettler, May 01, 2021, 12:19:31 PM

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 Find of the Month - May  2021  *** Vote for One ***

Vern P's  Turquoise Shoulder Rest                                                                 $7pp BIN   eBay
zapper's  WE  Mahogany Brown 500 set  dates matching 1954                        $12.99      eBay
Kleenax's Seashell Payphone enclosure, w free pick-up                                   $50.00      Facebook
SUnset2's WE  D76869, sometimes called an A1             with shipping            $99           eBay

Jim Stettler

Special Announcement for the 2021 Find of the Month contests:
Scott has offered a prize for each monthly winner.
It is an AT&T poster 25 1/2 inch by 13 inch
This is the long version of the phone book cover poster.
These are a free prize including shipping

Monthly winners will be notified by Scott for shipping details.

Post your "Find of the Month" here.

A "Find of the Month" is a telephone or a related item that you acquired during the month that you are particularly excited about either because of its rarity, the difficulty you had in trying to find it for your collection or the exceptional "deal" that you got on it. Other than that, any discussion of or comments about the nominated phone are not allowed, FOTM nominations only. As stated below, "Ideally your item would be (first) posted in its own thread elsewhere on the forum" and if so, "the forum link if discussed in another topic" is to be included in the nomination reply.

If a significant discussion of a nominated phone starts in a FOTM topic, it will be moved to a new "discussion" topic in the appropriate board and if not, then simply removed.

The "Find of the Month" contest is focused on the collection of telephones rather than on their sale for a profit. To be eligible for the "Find of the Month" contest:

- The finder must have personally acquired and actually own the item.
- The item can be acquired for free but it can not be a gift or present from anyone.
- The item (or any of its components) cannot be put up for sale during the contest period.
- Only one "Find" per owner can be in a "Find of the Month" contest.

A Nomination Should Include:

1) where and/or how the item was found.
2) the price & shipping cost.
3) the forum link to the topic discussing the find.
4) the eBay link if won there.
5) other information of importance about the find (why the item is very important to you for any reason).
6) and one or two pictures of the item.

Ideally your item would be posted in its own thread elsewhere on the forum such as "Auction Talk", "Flea Market/Yard Sale Finds" or "Collectors Corner" Board. Then you or anyone else can nominate your "Find" to the Current "Find of the Month" thread by posting at least one picture and other details including the price paid, any shipping costs and a link to the original discussion on the forum. It is not a requirement that your find be posted elsewhere on the forum but the more details the better.

Nominations of phones listed in other forum discussion topics, by members that do not own the item but realize it is indeed a "find" worthy of being nominated as a "Find of the Month" candidate, are always welcome.

Please pick your best "Find" to submit for the month limiting your entry to one phone or one "Find" that might include limited multiple items. If you have already entered for the month and come up with something even better either submit your new find indicating that it replaces your previous entry OR you can enter your new Find in next months contest.

To check out a list of all past winners including the Find of the YEAR winners, click here:

          --> Winner's List <--

TelePlay has grabbed pictures of all of the "Find of the Month" winners since we started this back in 2010 and he has put them into albums on forum. Thanks John.  To check them out, click here:
          --> Photo Album <--

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


A collector of  'Monochrome Phones with Sepia Tones'   ...and a Duck!
Vintage Phones - 10% man made, 90% Tribble


Vintage Bell System Western Electric Rotary Mahogany Brown Telephone dates matching 1954

$12.99 With Free Shipping.

eBay item number:  #194134084173

I still don't know how to post the E Bay Listing.

Discussion topic:


This nomination is for Kleenax's Seashell Payphone enclosures.

Kleenax says:
'Just bought these on Facebook Marketplace.
4 original "SEASHELL" payphone enclosures (just the shell, not the phone).
$50 and had to drive 240 miles (round-trip tho) to get them!'

Discussion re this unusual find by Kleenax (split off from this May FOTM thread) can be found here:
A collector of  'Monochrome Phones with Sepia Tones'   ...and a Duck!
Vintage Phones - 10% man made, 90% Tribble


I can't compete with the bargains posted so far, but I'll post my find to make it seem more competitive. 
It's a Western Electric D76869, sometimes called an A1.
$75 on Ebay and $24 shipping.
The cords were in tatters, and the grooved E1 handset had a couple of chips.  I replaced the handset with a seamless E1 with a good cord and a nice base cord.  The bottom still needs new felt, when I find a good match.  There are some bad spots in the paint, but I'm leaving it for now.  It fills a hole in my collection.
Thread here:

The first picture is before, the second is after.

Jim Stettler

The FOTM May poll will be posted after 6:00 MDT tonight.
There are lots of good finds this month.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

The Find of the month May 2021 poll is now available.

5 day poll.
Vote for 1.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

Congratulations the winner is zapper's  WE  Mahogany Brown 500 set  dates matching 1954                        $12.99      eBay
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.


Thanks everyone for the votes & nice comments.  Feels like deja vu, I won the October  2015 Find of the Month with another Mahogany Brown E Bay Find!  Dial is coming back from Steve this week with a new finger wheel.