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Find of the Month - March 2020

Started by Jim Stettler, February 29, 2020, 04:19:28 PM

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Find of the Month - March  2020  *** Vote for Three ***

phr34k5h0w's Western Electric 2832 CM-50 For my Com Key 718 System.   $50 Total cost      eBay
1 (3.7%)
AdamAnt316's WE 51AL dial candlestick, 2AB  dial, 315H subset for            $100   radio swapmeet
14 (51.9%)
RB's  Stromberg 896B Wood wall phone                                                    $121       antique shop                                
6 (22.2%)
phonium's Western electric 20AL candlestick and ringer box gotten   for      $25         antique show
14 (51.9%)
shadow67's Non-Bell System 5302 1948 guts with a 1961 shell.                 $24.40 total         eBay
6 (22.2%)
Scott's  Kellogg 900A Masterphone.                                                          $5.00          estate sale
14 (51.9%)
magicbrain's  factory chrome WE 233GLB-44 (Convert. to 236G) payphone  $194.46 total      eBay
8 (29.6%)
AT2796's  1969 green rotary princess                                                        $28.50 delivered EBay
2 (7.4%)

Total Members Voted: 27

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, 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.

Hill Haven Telephone Company

Heres my Find of the Month. 

Western Electric 2832 CM-50 For my Com Key 718 System. 

Total cost 50 dollars.  found on eBay

Discussion topic:


Here's my find of the month thus far: What appears to be an original Western Electric 51AL(?) dial candlestick, complete with 2AB (looks like it's X'd out) dial. Found it this past weekend at a local radio swapmeet, of all places, for $100. The 315H subset probably doesn't truly go with it, and the cable between it and the phone isn't actually connected to anything inside the box, but it looks pretty nice on its own, and the bells ring when you turn the crank:

Its discussion thread can be found here.


A Beautiful Stromberg 896B
Found at an Antique shop for $121
A little tweaking, and it works!



I will nominate my Western electric 20AL candlestick and ringer box gotten at an antique show for $25;topicseen
George Amores


It was suggested to nominate my new acquisition so here it is. Non-Bell System 5302 bought on eBay for $15 plus $9.40 shipping. 1948 guts with a 1961 shell.


I would like to nominate my Kellogg 900A Masterphone. It was acquired with 9 other items from an estate sale for a total of $50.00. Evenly divided would make the phone $5.00. I have never seen one in person that didn't have some sort of break or crack. It needs a good polish for sure.

Scott K.


I'll nominate my factory chrome Western Electric 233GLB-44 (Converted to 236G) payphone, purchased on eBay for $194.46 total.

Forum link:[



Hello Everyone!
Last minute entry! I got this 1969 princess from EBay for $28.50 delivered. It arrived damaged, despite the sellers careful packing (short thread here

Notified seller about damage and she was on the ball. She filed the claim with USPS, I got a letter 2 weeks later asking me to present packaging and damaged object to USPS,  but by then I had discarded the packaging and. Commenced repairs.

Got an email from seller that she harassed the USPS and is expecting a refund to be forwarded to me via PayPal in the next 24 hours, so this princess may be $00.00! Aside from mine and the sellers time....

Pics follow!

Forgot to ad, that I bought this phone because it was marked 1969 ( my birth year) but when I got it home I
discovered it was refurbished in 72 (my late little brother's birth year) so I get the best of both years!

Jim Stettler

The poll for March 2020 Find of the month is now open.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

Looks like a 3 way tie.
I started a 3 day, 3 way tiebreaker poll as a new topic.

edit to add link:
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.