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Find of the Month - April 2020

Started by Jim Stettler, April 01, 2020, 01:00:41 AM

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Find of the Month - April   2020  *** Vote for Two ***

phr34k5h0w's Qwest Branded Nortel Millenium Payphone.    Total Cost inc. shipping  $100      eBay
2 (7.4%)
magicbrain's Strowger Stick, purchased online for $150 plus shipping                                    eBay
20 (74.1%)
compubit's WE 1965 card dialer with⭐️ / 🔸 keys with a WE 500 BIN  $299 plus $43.85 ship  eBay
4 (14.8%)
Whitcrane76's Western Electric 336 "mine phone."  $99 plus shipping                                    eBay
7 (25.9%)
 Doug Rose's Western Electric A1/D76869 gotten for $30 and $13 shipping                            eBay
11 (40.7%)
GTE Rick's  AE Autovon for $54.99 plus $9.20 shipping off                                                 eBay
7 (25.9%)

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

Figured i'd enter this beast in the find of the month. 

Qwest Branded Nortel Millenium Payphone.    Total Cost including shipping was $100 from an eBay listing.


I will nominate magicbrain's Strowger Stick, purchased online for $150 plus $11.30 shipping (eBay).

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


I would like to nominate compubit's WE 1965 12 key adjunct card dialer with the original ⭐️ and 🔸 keys attached to a WE 500 rotary dial telephone from eBay for a BIN of $299 plus $43.85 shipping.

A discussion of the phone is posted at this link:


It's hard to beat a $150 Strowger, but I'm going to throw my hat in the ring anyway.

Western Electric 336 "mine phone."  $99 plus shipping from eBay.


Since nobody else will, I will nominate Doug Rose's Western Electric A1/D76869 gotten for $30 and $13 shipping.
George Amores

GTE Rick

My AE Autovon for $54.99 plus $9.20 shipping off of eBay. (

My husband has been interested in the autovon system and phones and wanted me to add one to my collection... I said I was only interested the GTE/AE version... He thinks it his phone... 
Small in size ... Smart in Style ... and it has a lighted dial.

Jim Stettler

The April 2020 Find of the Month Poll is open.
Please vote for 2.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.


It says vote for 2, but I can only select one
George Amores

Jim Stettler

Quote from: phonium on May 01, 2020, 06:44:27 PM
It says vote for 2, but I can only select one
I fixed it. I also reset all votes to 0.
So if you already voted, you will need to re vote.
Sorry about that.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

Congratulations to magicbrain.
Their Strowger 11 digit stick is the April 2020 find of the month
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.


Some great buys this month but that Strowger stick at that price was a sure winner! Congrats on a great buy, a nice phone & the FOTM win!
Harry Smith
ATCA 4434

"There is no try,
there is only
do or do not"

Jim Stettler

Quote from: HarrySmith on May 08, 2020, 07:21:19 PM
Some great buys this month

There are some amazing finds and great buys throughout the Find of the Month/Year topic in general. Well worth browsing when bored.

The earliest topic I find  started  October 2, 2011.

There is a lot of really cool stuff throughout the thread.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.


Thanks everyone for the votes & cheers to FABphones for the nomination - I am privileged to own one of these phones.