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Find of the month October 2020

Started by Jim Stettler, September 30, 2020, 08:58:52 PM

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Find of the Month - October    2020  *** Vote for three ***

oldguy's phone booth with  WE payphone                                              $50.00           yard sale
11 (45.8%)
CJ's excellent "Factory White" British Phoenix Candlestick
10 (41.7%)
 jfish's Kellogg Masterphone 730                                                          $40.00 Total   Facebook
9 (37.5%)
phonium's Stromberg-Carlson tapered shaft oilcan candlestick                $90               craigslist
16 (66.7%)
AdamAnt316's Western Electric 500C manual  phone w/ 95A dial blank    $10               flea market
8 (33.3%)
compubit's "Dark Green/Dark Blue" New Zealand Rotary w/reverse dial    $39.55 total   Ebay
4 (16.7%)
SUnset2's 12-1950 WE 500                                                                   $45.87 total   Ebay
7 (29.2%)

Total Members Voted: 24

Voting closed: November 06, 2020, 10:09:49 AM

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.


I would like to nominate oldguy's phone booth which he bought at a yard sale, with it's Western Electric payphone still installed, for a mere $50!

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


Thank you FAB. what's your name? I feel ridiculous calling you FAB or PABphones.

Doug Rose

I'd like to nominate CJ's excellent "Factory White" British Phoenix Candlestick. Paint looks original to me....Doug



I'd like to nominate jfish's Kellogg Masterphone 730 -
$30 +$10 shipping from Facebook Marketplace.


I will nominate my Stromberg-Carlson tapered shaft candlestick gotten off craigslist for $90
George Amores


I will nominate my Western Electric 500C (manual motel phone, circa 1953 with early 95A dial blank), which I bought at a flea market for $10:


I'll throw in my "Dark Green/Dark Blue" New Zealand Rotary with backwards numbers:

I paid $29.55 + $10 shipping (multiple phones in the order, so divided the shipping costs...).

A phone phanatic since I was less than 2 (thanks to Fisher Price); collector since a teenager; now able to afford to play!
Favorite Phone: Western Electric Trimline - it just feels right holding it up to my face!


I'll slip in a nomination for my plain old black phone.
12-1950 WE 500 all original except for the handset cord.
It was a buy-it-now on Ebay.  It was only up for a minute or two.  $19.95 + $25.92 shipping.
It's ordinary looking, but from the first year of production.

Jim Stettler

The October 2020 Find of the month poll is open. 5 day poll,  Vote for 3
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

The October winner is:
phonium's Stromberg-Carlson tapered shaft oilcan candlestick                $90               craigslist
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

 Amazing find, a $90.00 oilcan is a fantasy find., you even got change back from a Benny.
Crazy days,
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.