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Find of the month December 2021

Started by Jim Stettler, December 01, 2021, 01:54:32 PM

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 Poll Find of the Month -    December   2021  *** Vote for three ***

Daniel B.'s  Green North Wall phone $167.50 total
11 (45.8%)
phonium's  Western Electric 130A "Donut Phone"   $60.00 incuding shippingcraigslist.
16 (66.7%)
 poplar1's gold WE 202C-12F with matching cords. $170.25 total eBay
8 (33.3%)
tubaman's green GEC 1000  $36 total eBay
7 (29.2%)
virre's original condition Western Electric 50AL  Price $150 plus $10 shipping.  Mercari
7 (29.2%)

Total Members Voted: 24

Voting closed: January 07, 2022, 10:16:09 PM

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.

Doug Rose

I'd like to Nominate Daniel B.'s Stunning Green North Wall phone. These are few and far between, not an easy find at all....Doug


I would like to nominate the green North wall phone.



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


Found a gold 202C-12F with matching cords. It was remanufactured 1941 with a new brown Bakelite handset painted gold, gold cords, and gold mask for dial. Dial is marked 4H dated I 36. The cords on these are usually in terrible shape or replaced with the wrong color.

$140 Buy-it-now from Ebay + shipping and sales tax = $170.25

This is not an Imperial or Continental, as those were not issued until 1955.
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.


Stiff competition this month but please may I nominate my green GEC 1000 -
An eBay purchase for approx $36 total.
Not a perfect example but it's a very hard phone to find in any colour other than black. Its cleaned up pretty well and I'm more than happy with it for the price paid.


I will nominate virre's original condition Western Electric 50AL.

virre says:
    The non-ferrous perch is stamped "50AL"
    The non-ferrous transmitter face is marked "PROPERTY OF AMERICAN TEL & TEL CO / 323" on the tag
    The non-ferrous, nickeled finger stop is stamped "2AB"
    The sides of the ferrous dial housing are stamped with patent date information
    The number plate is not notched

Price $150 plus $10 shipping.

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

Jim Stettler

The December 2021 FOTM poll is now open.
It is a 5 day poll. Vote for up to 3 phones

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


I vote for the green North wall phone.


Jim Stettler

The December winner is  phonium for their
Western Electric 130A "Donut Phone"   $60.00 incuding shipping craigslist.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.