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Find of the month March 2021

Started by Jim Stettler, March 03, 2021, 07:58:20 AM

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 Poll Find of the Month - March  2021  *** Vote for Two ***

dsk's Siemens W28 type phone                                                                             $17.50
8 (29.6%)
JubileeCompact's WE 500 P/U Roughly                                                                   $154     eBay
7 (25.9%)
allnumbedup's 4-in-1 light gray 1500                                                                     $95       eBay
4 (14.8%)
Sargeguy's  Dean Electric Co. fiddleback with  C.K. HUNT WEST WINSTED long pole  $250.00 eBay
8 (29.6%)
phonium's manual Western Electric A1                                                         $40  facebook
22 (81.5%)

Total Members Voted: 27

Voting closed: April 06, 2021, 05:30:46 PM

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.


My first phone this yearI spotted an ad for a phone on, it looked pretty close to a Siemens W28, but not exactly. 

The W28 was never used here, but the sister V Sa tist 66  c B was used on a few private telcos, but mostly on internal systems in larger companies.

The price was NOK 150 or close to $17.5  and I could pick it up 10 minutes walk from my job. Due to that the seller was put in quarantine it was a delay, so we went from February to Mars. 

I took the chance since it was not expensive and it is original, not in perfect shape, but made the 2. year of production, it does not have the standard dial pulse contact filter made by resistor and capacitor, never seen that before so for me it is a very interesting piece. 

I may need some hints how to replace the 2 missing ribs in the bakelite mouthpiece.

Link to the wiring diagram thread:




Never thought one of these would appear this side of the pond.... And for a very reasonable price as well. Roughly $142 plus $12 post.


Discussion Link:


My light gray 1500 was assembled from matching parts all acquired on ebay as described in the 'Pictures of Gray Phones' thread  below:

The 100% lucky part was finding date matched plastics for a 1500 when I was happy enough when I thought I was buying a light gray 2500.  I resold on ebay and repaired the faceplate so that I broke even--- but upfront cost was about $95.
Analog Phones for a Digital World


Found this Dean Electric Co. fiddleback for $250 on Facebook Marketplace.  The phone is nice enough but the long pole receiver is a rare one.  It is marked on the button/spindle "C.K. HUNT WEST WINSTED".  Hunt operated the Winsted Local Telephone Exchange, a small independent telco in Winchester, CT from 1894-1911.  The company had 400 subscribers but was eventually bought out by SNET. This type of marking on a long pole is extremely rare.
Greg Sargeant
Providence, RI
TCI /ATCA #4409


I will nominate phonium's manual Western Electric A1 found on facebook marketplace for $40, with it's correct original D80370 handset for the A1 mounting.

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

Jim Stettler

The Find of the month March 2021 Poll is now open.
Vote for 2.
It is a 5 day poll.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

The winner for March FOTM is Phonium's manual Western Electric A1    $40  facebook

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