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Find of the month April 2021

Started by Jim Stettler, April 01, 2021, 01:00:21 PM

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 Find of the Month - April  2021  *** Vote for Two ***

markosjal's     1959 aqua blue WE500                                                              $35        craigslist
6 (35.3%)
FABphones'     11/59  WE P/U 500 mushroom phone  about                               $42        on-line
14 (82.4%)
countryman's             Mix&Genest "Weltruf" 1933/34                                    (~30 $ US) eBay
5 (29.4%)
Sargeguy's Western Electric early bipolar receiver circa 1894-1900                    $160       eBay
6 (35.3%)

Total Members Voted: 17

Voting closed: May 06, 2021, 12:31:03 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 find of 1959 aqua blue WE500;topicseen

Was purchased at estate sale 25 years ago then stored for 25 years

Quote from: markosjal on April 09, 2021, 11:42:48 PM
To be clear in have posted only about one of my aqua blue 500s . That was a recent purchase from a seller that had it stored for 25 years (untouched).;i never said i had an aqua blue for 25 years. My othe aqua blue 500 was won in a football contest here at this site about 4 years ago. I have made no posts about it at all recentky, and have posted lately of only the one found this month that us actually older and in better condition.
Phat Phantom's phreaking phone phettish


I bought this hard to find P/U 500 mushroom phone for just £31 (approx $42) + postage. This one has done a bit of travelling as was purchased in the UK, making it an even harder find.

Date on base is 11-59.

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


For your consideration please this Mix&Genest "Weltruf" with matching dates 1933/34 in good working order.
Found on eBay classified ads for 25 € delivered (~30 $ US).
Discussed here:


Western Electric early bipolar receiver circa 1894-1900.  These were designated 110 or 111 or 112.  They preceded the 122AW and were replaced by it.  About 800,000 of these were made (versus 6,000,000 of the 122AW).  The most noticeable differences are the lack of a center screw in the top cap, and a shorter top cap.  Also the 110 is slightly taller.  Today they are pretty rare. 

I purchased this one off of eBay for $160.  It had been painted black and had an incorrect cap.  The paint stripped off easily with Simple Green and I replaced the cap with a marked 122AW cap. 

Greg Sargeant
Providence, RI
TCI /ATCA #4409

Jim Stettler

The   April  2021   Find of the Month -  poll is open *** Vote for Two ***
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

The April 2021 FOTM winner is   FABphones'     11/59  WE P/U 500 mushroom phone  for about             $42        on-line

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


Thanks for the votes everyone. This phone has journeyed a long way from it's home in Arizona. It will be well looked after.
A collector of  'Monochrome Phones with Sepia Tones'   ...and a Duck!
Vintage Phones - 10% man made, 90% Tribble