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Find of the Month - March 2019

Started by Jim Stettler, March 02, 2019, 09:59:51 AM

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Find of the Month - March  2019  *** Vote for Three ***

Sargeguy's 1910s Rochester Independent Telephone Co 18" flange sign, $245 from eBay
10 (35.7%)
AlainC's  AE 50 , for 35$ CDN ( about 26$ USD ) Kijiji ad
12 (42.9%)
magicbrain's Western Electric 130A "Donut" ,bought  for $325.00 + $13.85 shipping BIN on eBay
15 (53.6%)
dsk's Replacement transmitters found on facebook
6 (21.4%)
skyrider's Century Telephone Construction Company, split shaft desk stand w/ tear drop hook. $250. CL
10 (35.7%)
Jim Stettler's Kellogg K500 swirl phone $308.99 and 15.35  shipping eBay
13 (46.4%)

Total Members Voted: 28

Jim Stettler

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, or 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.


1910s Rochester Independent Telephone Co 18" flange sign, $245 from eBay. Sign is in excellent overall condition.
Greg Sargeant
Providence, RI
TCI /ATCA #4409


I found this working AE phone in a Kijiji ad, for 35$ CDN ( about 26$ USD ) which is not bad even if the handset is not a AE, but a Northern Electric one. That'll be a futur project... clean, buff and look for a AE handset !

Nice find overall !



I nominate my Western Electric 130A "Donut" Telephone bought with BIN on eBay for $325.00 + $13.85 shipping
- Looks to be in very good original condition - can't wait to receive it.
eBay link:



I came over these Replacement transmitters found on facebook on the forum:

Gamle telefoner som er brukt i Norg, and I even got one really old cord (1920 ies)  all for just NOK 565 delivered on my door.

I have posted a little about it here:

For me this is the way I may put up several of my phones at home, and reach a sound quality good enough to be OK for others to accept it for daily use .



I would like to nominate my  Century Telephone Construction Company desk stand split shaft with tear drop hook. I bought it 2 weeks ago on Craigslist Atlanta from a local collector for $250. It needs cords and repair to the receiver. No shipping as we met at a local police parking lot with a security camera. I don't know if this was a good price or not, but very happy with the phone.

Bill Compton

Jim Stettler

last day for March find of the month entries.
I will nominate my Kellogg K500 swirl phone
Paid $308.99 and 15.35  shipping
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

Voting for March 2019 Find of the Month is now open
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

And the winner is:
magicbrain's Western Electric 130A "Donut" ,bought  for $325.00 + $13.85 shipping BIN on eBay
Congratulations on a great find.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.