"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by WesternElectricBen, July 11, 2013, 04:28:31 PM
Quote from: poplar1 on July 12, 2013, 12:16:13 AMBen, have you opened the phone up yet to see what the ringer is---straight line or harmonic. If harmonic, do you see a number like 30 or 16? A pictureof the ringer would help.
Quote from: Birdman115 on July 12, 2013, 12:23:27 AMMy assumption is that since the case is metal, it was produced after WWII. The early WE 302's had metal cases, but with the outbreak of WWII, metal was saved for the war effort, and what phones WE did produce were thermoplastic. Apparently that worked out so well that WE never looked back. For some reason, S-C used metal. I am reasonably sure that these phones were produced after WWII, but I may be wrong.
Quote from: Birdman115 on July 12, 2013, 12:07:30 AMThis phone is a S-C 1243, and was ubiquitous in the late '40s through the '60s where I live - Rochester, NY. Rochester Telephone used S-C equipment exclusively as S-C was a subsidiary of Rochester Tel, much like Western Electric was a subsidiary of the Bell Telephone System. These phones, however, were bought by many independent phone companies across the nation. Indeed, when I first started teaching in rural Central New York in 1970, one of my students invited me to his home and there on the phone stand was a 1243, which I thought old fashioned at the time, compared to the 1543/500 series popular in the late 50's and 60's. This just goes to show that the equipment was very durable. I have one myself and it still works like a charm.