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The “Find of the YEAR” for 2021     VOTE FOR THREE

Kenton K's Western Electric Oxford Grey 501 from local store for $30
12 (21.1%)
FABphones' clear Stromberg Carlson 1191 for about $90 total from eBay
3 (5.3%)
phonium’s Western Electric manual A1 for $40 from Facebook marketplace
6 (10.5%)
FABphones' Western Electric 11/59 Beige 500 P/U Mushroom
3 (5.3%)
zapper's Western Electric date matching 1954 Mahogany Brown 500 for $12.99 total from eBay
5 (8.8%)
phonium's Western Electric marked F58554 'high usage' card dialer for $6 from an Estate Sale
6 (10.5%)
Russ Kirk's AE 31-B AA-22 with original AO-25 to line bell box
4 (7%)
MMikeJBenN27’s  Pre-war Western Electric Ivory 302 for $380.35 total off of eBay
2 (3.5%)
tubaman's GEC 2K/CTT NOS Gecophone for $33 total off of eBay
2 (3.5%)
FABphones' Red Cobra Ericofon originating from Denmark for $20 US
3 (5.3%)
FABphones' Automatic Electric AE 34 for $125 US including shipping
3 (5.3%)
phonium's Western Electric 130A "Donut Phone" from Craigslist for $60.00 including shipping
8 (14%)

Total Members Voted: 22

Voting closed: January 18, 2022, 09:31:59 PM

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*** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« on: January 04, 2021, 07:39:38 PM »
*** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***   VOTE FOR THREE

It is time once again to vote for the VERY BEST "Find" from all of the "Find of the Month" winners through 2021.

Take a few minutes to go through the list below. John "TelePlay" has created one post per entrant along with the brief details, a link to the original nomination and the separate topic on CRPF if there was one, and has included one picture of each contestant. The pictures are from the Find of the Month Winners List that John maintains of all of the winners.

There are twelve contestants to choose from so lets do THREE VOTES EACH and see who wins the coveted (limited edition) "Find of the YEAR - 2021" trophy!

Everyone should be able to come up with three favorites here so please try to use all THREE of your votes. If you inadvertently vote for less than three contestants, click the "Remove Vote" button at the bottom left of poll and then place your THREE VOTES again.

Thanks John for taking the time to put yet another "Find of Year" contest together. Much appreciated!

Jim . . .

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QUICK REFERENCE LINKS:

Jan - Kenton K's Oxford Grey WE 500
Feb - FABphones' clear Stromberg Carlson 1191
Mar - phonium’s Western Electric manual A1
Apr - FABphones' Western Electric 11/59 Beige 500 P/U Mushroom
May - zapper's Western Electric date matching 1954 Mahogany Brown 500
Jun - phonium's Western Electric marked F58554 'high usage' card dialer
Jul - Russ Kirk's AE 31-B AA-22 with original AO-25 to line bell box
Aug - MMikeJBenN27’s Pre-war Western Electric Ivory 302
Sep - tubaman's GEC 2K/CTT NOS Gecophone
Oct - FABphones' Red Cobra Ericofon originating from Denmark
Nov - FABphones' Automatic Electric AE 34
Dec - phonium's Western Electric 130A "Donut Phone"
« Last Edit: January 07, 2022, 10:50:03 PM by TelePlay »
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2021, 08:44:33 PM »
January 2021's "Winner":

Kenton K's Western Electric Oxford Grey 501 from local store for $30

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=24696.msg245849#msg245849

Kenton K posted this about it:

Hi guys! Its been a while since I've logged on to this forum. I still love collecting, but I'm just not as aggressive as a few years ago. This week I found a pair that was just too exciting not to share. These two were technically separate purchases, but I bought them within a day of each other, both locally, so I consider them ‘one find’. I got a rose beige 500 for $20, and oxford grey 501 for $30. Talk about a luck! I've been looking for an oxford gray for years!!! Can't believe I finally found one in my neighborhood. So I'm showing off my dark beige and grey western electric 500 sets purchased locally for $50. Find of the last two year for me!

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=24869.0

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2021, 08:46:16 PM »
February 2021's "Winner":

FABphones' clear Stromberg Carlson 1191 for about $90 total from eBay

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=24862.msg246402#msg246402

FABphones posted this about it:

I have been lucky - a factory clear Stromberg Carlson 1191 - the first clear telephone to enter my collection. Fragile, and prone to distortion and breakage, luckily this one has survived the years in nice condition. A good example of a hard to find phone. These were made as a special order phone - most usually as a clear salesman’s sample. Price approximately $90 including shipping.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=24870.0

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2021, 08:46:37 PM »
March 2021's "Winner":

phonium’s Western Electric manual A1 for $40 from Facebook marketplace

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=24967.msg247566#msg247566

FABphones posted this about it:

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.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25062.0

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2021, 08:46:50 PM »
April 2021's "Winner":

FABphones' Western Electric 11/59 Beige 500 P/U Mushroom from eBay UK for $42 plus $12 shipping.

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25071.msg248106#msg248106)

FABphones' posted this about it:

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.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25103.0

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2021, 08:47:06 PM »
May 2021's "Winner":

zapper's Western Electric date matching Mahogany Brown 500 for $12.99 from eBay with free shipping

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25164.msg248689#msg248689

zapper posted this about it:

Vintage Bell System Western Electric Rotary Mahogany Brown Telephone dates matching 1954. $12.99 With Free Shipping.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25236.0

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2021, 08:47:19 PM »
June 2021's "Winner":

phonium's Western Electric marked F58554 'high usage' card dialer for $6 from an Estate Sale

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25272.msg249464#msg249464

phonium posted this about it:

I will nominate my Western Electric card dialer. Marked F58554 on the bottom for low production, the cards use square holes instead of circular ones. Got it for $6 at an estate sale.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25348

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2021, 08:47:31 PM »
July 2021's "Winner":

Russ Kirk's AE 31-B AA-22 with original AO-25 to line bell box

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25350.msg249847#msg249847

Russ Kirk posted this about it:

I'm  self nomination my newest find. I found this AE 31-B AA-22 with original AO-25 to line bell box at a local antique store for only $80.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25393.msg249846#msg249846

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2021, 08:47:44 PM »
August 2021's "Winner":

MMikeJBenN27’s  Pre-war Western Electric Ivory 302 for $380.35 total off of eBay

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25427.msg250599#msg250599

FABphones posted this about it:

This nomination is for MMikeJBenN27’s Ivory 302.

MMikeJBenN27 said: "Bought this PRE-war ivory 302 off of E-Bay.  It cost $350.00, shipping was $30.35.  I grabbed this because pre-war colored plastic 302s are super rare.  As you can see, it is correct in all details.  I replaced the cords because I need a longer line cord, and I want to use that AE Extensicord that I have had laying around.  I kept the originals."


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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2021, 08:47:58 PM »
September 2021's "Winner":

tubaman's GEC 2K/CTT NOS Gecophone for $33 total off of eBay

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25513.msg251054#msg251054

tubaman posted this about it:

To start the ball rolling please may I nominate my GEC 2K/CTT New Gecophone. It was an eBay purchase and came in at approx $33 inc P&P. CB (no dial) versions don't come up often and the vented top is an extra nice feature.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25544

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2021, 08:48:12 PM »
October 2021's "Winner":

FABphones' Red Cobra Ericofon originating from Denmark for $20 US.

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25597.msg251660#msg251660

FABphones posted this about it:

Another European phone, this one a nice red Ericofon, originating from Denmark. Ericofons were not one of the most popular phones there, and red is one of their lesser found colours. The dial face is particularly interesting with a ‘C’ adjacent to ‘1’. The phone is in good condition, and still retains it’s original part curly/part straight line cord. Price was £15 ($20).

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25650.0

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2021, 08:48:26 PM »
November 2021's "Winner":

FABphones' Automatic Electric AE 34 for $125 US including shipping.

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25662.msg252195#msg252195

FABphones posted this about it:

For your vote consideration please, I will nominate this beautifully designed AE34. A nice example which has not been brassed out, with the older style flat grille Spitcup. No damage to the Bakelite, and those fragile side vents remain intact. Remarkable, as besides it’s age, this AE34 has done quite the journey to reach my collection - travelling by train, van, car, plane and boat - having also crossed two Oceans.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25694.0

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2021, 08:48:38 PM »
December 2021's "Winner":

phonium's Western Electric 130A "Donut Phone" from Craigslist for $60.00 including shipping.

Here is the original Find of the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25720.msg252329#msg252329

phonium posted this about it:

I will nominate my Western Electric 130A "Donut Phone", purchased for $40 + $20 shipping off craigslist.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=25736.0

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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2022, 09:34:51 PM »
The Find of the YEAR poll is now open.
It is a 5 day poll , to
Up to 3 votes per member.


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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2021 ***
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2022, 09:34:11 PM »
The find of the year winner is Kenton K. for his  Western Electric Oxford Grey 501 from local store for $30

You also win a very cool virtual trophy.


Congratulations on your great find Kenton.
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