"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by WEBellSystemChristian, August 17, 2015, 01:18:03 AM
Quote from: jsowers on August 17, 2015, 11:47:53 AMChristian, it looks like soft plastic to me, but I think it's ivory instead of white. It may pre-date white. We don't see too many 593s, which were made for independent telcos and had no "Bell System" on the front. This could also have a frequency ringer in it since it looks like it could have been a party line phone with the "1" on the number card. You certainly got a great deal on the phone. Find of the month candidate for sure. Congratulations! Let us know what it turns out to be.
Quote from: jsowers on August 19, 2015, 09:35:32 PMGee, we both got the color wrong from the pictures! Sometimes it's hard to tell from the pictures on a faded phone. As you've shown us in the pictures, Tenite sometimes faded lighter instead of darker like ABS did. Especially the light colors like pink and light beige. The cords faded light even worse than the plastics. I'm glad to know what it turned out to be. Your pictures are very good too. You have it nice and shiny and looking much better. I hope you find a cord for it. The original number card was a big plus. Funny how it's partly hand-written. Originally the 593 and its counterpart the desk model 591 came with no ringer at all. So anything could be in there since it was supplied by the telco. You have a nice shot of the logo, which differs from the usual logo because no "Bell System" is present. What about the handset logo? I don't recall seeing one with third party handset parts, so they must've been replaced sometime. With eBay there's no telling, but I bet it's a while before you see another 593.