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Find of the month June 2021

Started by Jim Stettler, May 31, 2021, 11:04:31 AM

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 Find of the Month - June  2021  *** Vote for One ***

FABphones'  Western Electric red 500                                                               $47    Internet
2 (10.5%)
phonium's Western Electric  F58554 'high usage' card dialer                               $6      Estate sale
14 (73.7%)
countryman's Belgian RTT U56                                                                         $.50   online
2 (10.5%)
tubaman's Japanese 601-P                                                                              $21.00  ebay
1 (5.3%)

Total Members Voted: 19

Voting closed: July 05, 2021, 06:54:07 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.

Jim Stettler

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


I will enter my red Western Electric 500.

Special to me because red WE 500's don't come up for sale too often in the U.K., and although refurbished (as many are), this one has escaped being turned into a modular phone.

Nice dialcard too , the first I have where the telephone number to centre is adjusted by sliding each number into position.

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


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.

George Amores


All very nice but you can't beat the price of my nomination  8)
Belgian RTT U56. It came without the dial but in a lot with another U56 with wrong handset and an extra baseplate, all for 1 €uro. So I'd say 50 cent for this one.


Please may I throw my Japanese 601-P into the mix -
It was an eBay purchase - - and came in at £15.20 inc P&P ($US21)
Its stand-out feature for me is the ringer which, with its bar chimes, sounds like a doorbell.
I don't think it's rare but it is the first one I've seen available here in the UK.

Jim Stettler

The FOTM Poll is open.
It is a 5 day poll. Vote for 1.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

Congratulations to Phonium's. June 2021 FOTM winner

Western Electric  F58554 'high usage' card dialer       $6      Estate sale
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.