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Telephone Talk => Collector's Corner => My Telephone Collection => Topic started by: southernphoneman on March 22, 2013, 09:05:01 PM

Title: Pvt-telco's Collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 22, 2013, 09:05:01 PM
 :)this is my 1949 western electric 302 that i bought on ebay last november. it has a black cloth handset cord on it. it is by far my favorite phone out of my collection.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: George Knighton on March 23, 2013, 09:30:33 AM
The Model 302 is what got me going in this hobby, and it is still my favourite.

I know the 500's are supposed to be better, but there's just something about the 302.

Something other than they're just easier to work on!

:-)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 24, 2013, 05:21:35 PM
this a photo of my 685 subset that i converted from an old model 500
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 25, 2013, 10:04:09 PM
these are my model 554s. the photos are posted below. the black on is one the first in my collection and is my full service phone. it is hanging in my kitchen. :)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on March 25, 2013, 10:05:37 PM
Those are nice, I definitely need to stock up on some 554's, I only have two or three.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 25, 2013, 10:07:46 PM
westernelectricben,what color are yours,and do you have photos of them?
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: twocvbloke on March 26, 2013, 12:26:19 AM
Those are nice, I definitely need to stock up on some 554's, I only have two or three.

I don't even have one 554 yet, someday though, at the moment my money's going on computer parts... :D
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on March 26, 2013, 12:48:29 AM
Those are nice, I definitely need to stock up on some 554's, I only have two or three.

I don't even have one 554 yet, someday though, at the moment my money's going on computer parts... :D

lol me too...
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on March 26, 2013, 12:49:05 AM
westernelectricben,what color are yours,and do you have photos of them?

1970's colors, harvest gold and avacado green.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 26, 2013, 05:58:45 PM
unfortunatly i will be taking my 302 out of service because the re furbishing of my 500 is almost done, that is one of my full service phones.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on March 26, 2013, 06:00:00 PM
Thats a very nice one, I like the straight line cord.

I just won a mettle 302 for 33 dollars on eBay!
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 26, 2013, 06:13:37 PM
westernelectricben, thankyou for the complement on my 302. the straightline cord came from none other then taylorae. lol, you are lucky to have a mettle 302 they worth more money(i think)mine came from ebay as well and i think i remember paying about the same as you did for your.it needed a little work , but not much, and it got polished.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 27, 2013, 05:05:54 PM
from now on when i post photos of my phones out of my collection, i will post them in this topic instead of several differnet ones. starting off with my western electric 5302,and my stromberg and carlson trimline from the late 60s or the early 70s. photos below.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on March 27, 2013, 05:17:07 PM
I like the color of the trimline!
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 27, 2013, 05:32:24 PM
I like the color of the trimline!
thanks for the compliment.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 27, 2013, 06:12:04 PM
i am going to add photo of my 500s one at a time. i have posted about this phone before, but this phone was supposed to have been on the andy griffiths show, it is pictured below with the coa, however i still doubt its authenticity.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 27, 2013, 06:18:43 PM
next up is my blue model 500 from 1973.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 27, 2013, 06:34:59 PM
this phone is my only 2500 from the late 1970s.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 27, 2013, 06:44:35 PM
this photo is of my mickey mouse phone. it has the at&t red trimline handset. this phone is out of the early 1990s.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 27, 2013, 09:55:54 PM
this is another 500 that i refurbished and resold on ebay. photo below.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on March 27, 2013, 10:28:52 PM
this is another 500 that i refurbished and resold on ebay. photo below.

Beautiful!
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 28, 2013, 04:49:08 AM
this is another 500 that i refurbished and resold on ebay. photo below.

Beautiful!
thankyou
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: wds on March 28, 2013, 09:48:43 AM
I like the extra long cord on the Black Phone.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: AE_Collector on March 28, 2013, 01:07:38 PM
from now on when i post photos of my phones out of my collection, i will post them in this topic instead of several differnet ones.

Do you want me to Merge your 554 and 302 topics on this board into this topic SouthernPhoneMan? When topics are merged they do go in date order so that is how the new topic would look but you can still edit any of your posts and pictures afterwards.

The trimline looks like Nortel's CafeAuLait color. I don't know if WECo had that color as well though.

Terry
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: poplar1 on March 28, 2013, 01:35:40 PM
I believe the Slenderet is Harvest Gold, not café au lait. ITT and SC changed from yellow to harvest gold, dark red to bright red, and maybe some others.

Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: AE_Collector on March 28, 2013, 02:20:32 PM
AE has a Harvest Gold in Stylelines but their version of this color would be called Desert Sand. Geezz, no coordination between competitors at all....

Terry

Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 28, 2013, 05:44:06 PM
i am about to do another phone refurb. sorry this but i can t post photos because my camera needs batteries. i will show the final product though. the phone will be an aqua blue western electric model 500 from 1973. just realized i have a photo of this phone,so, here it is.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: AE_Collector on March 28, 2013, 06:11:06 PM
There you go southernphoneman, all three of your collection topics are together here now. We expect to see more...soon.... :)

Terry
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 28, 2013, 06:38:48 PM
There you go southernphoneman, all three of your collection topics are together here now. We expect to see more...soon.... :)

Terry
you will thankyou.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 29, 2013, 06:16:51 PM
here is an update on the aqua blue 500 being refurbed. the phone has been gutted and I am getting ready to clean the plastics. no finger wheel to repaint this time folks,unlike the last 500 I refurbed.anyway here is the photo.    update on the refurbishment of this phone. not much to tell but I have wire brushed the tarnish of the bells(see photo),and started to clean the contacts. MORE LATER.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 30, 2013, 01:15:57 PM
next up in my collection is my western electric 202 with its f1 handset and its model 685 subset
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 30, 2013, 01:21:23 PM
this next phone is not vintage at all but was given to me by parents when they came back from great Britain visiting relatives.i had to change to the cord to a modular connector used in the usa.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 30, 2013, 01:24:47 PM
up next is my green western electric 500 from 1967
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 30, 2013, 01:30:24 PM
 now it is time for my Stromberg and Carlson model 500 from 1979
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 30, 2013, 01:34:01 PM
now posted is my western electric beige 500 with a g6 handset. it is from 1959.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 31, 2013, 11:46:20 AM
update on my aqua blue 500. just started soaking the handset cord and will wash plastics later.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 31, 2013, 12:09:35 PM
another phone from my collection. this a duck phone from the early 1980s,it still works and the l.e.d. lights still light up when it rings.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 31, 2013, 12:12:34 PM
as you all can see by now I love model 500s.next up is a model 500 from 1955. it has the soft plastic and the black finger wheel.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 31, 2013, 12:15:58 PM
and again a black model 500 from 1959. soft plasctic black plungers,and black finger wheel.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on March 31, 2013, 12:23:20 PM
hey, guess what? it is time for another black 500.this the last one to post. this one is a full service phone from 1954.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 03, 2013, 07:20:44 PM
next up in my collection is my western electric 202 with its f1 handset and its model 685 subset
my 202 has been taken apart and the metals are being painted.i am trying the technique given to me bt dan/panther by putting it in a 125 degree oven for a half hour. we will see how it goes.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 03, 2013, 07:54:55 PM
202 metals have been painted and went in the oven.photos may forthcoming.metals just came out of the oven./now the 202 is back together and tested photos below.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 07, 2013, 01:37:24 PM
the refurbishment of the 1973 aqua blue western electric 500 is complete. photos below.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 07, 2013, 02:42:41 PM
ALLRIGHT, which phone should I refurbish next? the choice is between my 302 and one my 500s(the phone claimed to be the andy Griffith phone(and I still doubt that it is). if a few of you could respond to this question, maybe I can make up my mind.... thank you.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: AE_Collector on April 07, 2013, 03:47:45 PM
Who are you trying to fool! You will have them both done before we help you decide.

A kink snuck back into your blue handset cord about 5 or 6 coils from the base. You should be able to twist it out without any trouble.

Terry
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 07, 2013, 03:58:38 PM
Who are you trying to fool! You will have them both done before we help you decide.

A kink snuck back into your blue handset cord about 5 or 6 coils from the base. You should be able to twist it out without any trouble.

Terry
thanks for noticing the kink in the blue cord,and you are probably right about having both of the phones done,because once I start one of the projects I can t stop, I guess because I enjoy it so much.... thanks again terry. ;)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 12, 2013, 01:23:57 PM
 :) this phone is the latest addition to my collection. it is a 1957 western electric model 500, it was refurbed by the seller off of ebay.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: HarrySmith on April 13, 2013, 02:05:58 PM
Looking good! Nice progress.
The proper name is "gongs" not bells ;D
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: George Knighton on April 14, 2013, 11:59:11 AM
here is another update on the 302 refurb. first I have to say something and that is that 302s are a pain in the but to work on, give me a 500/554 any day
Hmmm.  That's interesting.  I've always felt the 302's were easier than the 500's.

o_0
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 14, 2013, 01:45:10 PM
here is another update on the 302 refurb. first I have to say something and that is that 302s are a pain in the but to work on, give me a 500/554 any day
Hmmm.  That's interesting.  I've always felt the 302's were easier than the 500's.

o_0
I only say that because I have refurbed 500s already  ;)  and this my first 302 refurb, once I get better with the 302s I am sure I will think differently :)make no mistake about it though, the 302 is still my favorite out of my collection and still mechanically the best one I got ;)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 16, 2013, 05:35:50 PM
sorry nothing to update on the 302 right now I haven t worked on it since Saturday, but I will get back to  it and update it again very soon.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 16, 2013, 05:54:20 PM
I should have posted this before. I will be adding a Stromberg and Carlson white 500 to my collection, I bought from forum member harry smith and can be seen on his topic in the classified section of this forum.once I receive this phone I will update this reply with photos.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on April 16, 2013, 06:10:55 PM
It will sure be a nice phone!

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 16, 2013, 07:33:15 PM
It will sure be a nice phone!

Ben
yes, I have been watching this one for a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 17, 2013, 08:06:04 PM
sorry folks the refurb of the 302 is a complete failure and the phone has been eliminated from the collection as well as any posts about it sorry >:(
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on April 17, 2013, 08:13:17 PM
sorry folks the refurb of the 302 is a complete failure and the phone has been eliminated from the collection as well as any posts about it sorry >:(

Oh no! What happend?
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 17, 2013, 08:33:59 PM
sorry folks the refurb of the 302 is a complete failure and the phone has been eliminated from the collection as well as any posts about it sorry >:(

Oh no! What happend?
I made an attempt at refurbishing and it did not go well, so I have stopped trying to fix it and may consider sending it out to dennis mc Donald of a1telephones :-\, but I am not sure.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 17, 2013, 09:13:34 PM
sorry folks about taking down  the photos of the 302 refurb but it did not go well and in the end I tried a topic on it and it did not go far at ALL so I have put the phone cover back on and it now sits on the shelf. even if I am able to fix it I probably won t post it, I am a little embarrassed about it and ashamed of the whole experience .now a closed issue and time to move on.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Jim S. on April 17, 2013, 10:48:49 PM
sorry folks about taking down  the photos of the 302 refurb but it did not go well and in the end I tried a topic on it and it did not go far at ALL so I have put the phone cover back on and it now sits on the shelf. even if I am able to fix it I probably won t post it, I am a little embarrassed about it and ashamed of the whole experience .now a closed issue and time to move on.
WHOOPS, Lets reopen it for 1 last consideration:

I am a little  confused why you are embarrassed for trying and not immediately succeeding . This is the typical experience for most people when attempting something new. It is called Life, might as well face it head-on and try your best over and over again, with each experience you gain a bit more of the upper hand, before long you are the one offering advice.
Instant Gratification is only in video games.
JMO,
Jim
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on April 17, 2013, 10:53:22 PM
Don't give up!
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on April 28, 2013, 04:47:44 PM
finally bought payphone,no photo yet. ebay item number 281097645186. :)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: MagicMo on April 28, 2013, 06:08:06 PM
Nice! It looks like a good deal to me.  ;D
Mo
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: ESalter on April 28, 2013, 06:52:15 PM
That's certainly cheap, but I have a feeling you're going to have a fun time trying to get into it.  We just bought a green 1A1 payphone that doesn't have keys.  I'm thinking I can probably get an upper key to fit it, but there's no chance of finding a vault key.  I think the only option is to cut the vault door off.

---Eric
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: AE_Collector on April 28, 2013, 11:06:23 PM
Certainly inexpensive enough! I wonder what they mean when they say "phone has no front cover"? The one pictured does unless they are referring to the lack of instruction cards on the cover.

Terry
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: poplar1 on April 28, 2013, 11:29:54 PM
They could be referring to the missing vault door. So the only key needed is the correct 29A or 29B key for the upper housing. Different Bell companies used different 29A keys, depending on the geographical location. I don't know how many different 29B keys there are--the 29B locks were used on phones sold to others.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: AE_Collector on April 28, 2013, 11:33:38 PM
Oh that is probably it, the vault door. That should be easy to get.

Terry
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: G-Man on April 29, 2013, 12:23:56 AM
As already mentioned 29A keys were used by the Regional Bell companies.

There are about 100-different key combinations since each Bell company often used several different combinations within their territory, often divided into separate parts of the states and large cities they served.

Thus, 29A L-27, was used by Pacific Telephone to serve Northern California while another list number was used for Southern Cal. Their Nevada Bell subsidiary used yet another list number key.

NyTel’s New York City had several list numbers assigned to the various boroughs as well as others that were used throughout the rest of the state.

29B keys had thousands of different combinations and corresponding list numbers since they were furnished to many different CoCots rather than telcos.

In the instance of the pay telephone in the eBay auction, it may be a crap-shoot as to whether you can find the right key on the first try if the number card with the area code and prefix is missing. Otherwise it should be rather easy to order the proper key.

Something does appear to be rather hokey since they state these phones were acquired at a government auction. How did a government body acquire and auction telephones belonging to a telephone company? And why would a government body remove the instructions cards, especially since most public employees would not know how to remove them. Someone must have had access to the coin box keys to remove the vault doors. It is also strange that they did not remove the upper-housing locks before they auctioned them.

Just my 2-cents worth!
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: poplar1 on April 29, 2013, 09:59:54 AM

There are other posts either here or on the TCI or ATCA listserves that discuss how to loosen the lock screws without drilling the lock.

BellSouth got out of the pay phone business and sold all 140,000 pay phones to a scrap company in Alabama. (The owner sells things like BellSouth olympic vault doors on Ebay.)

Before BellSouth removed all their pay phones, the State of Georgia purchased already installed pay phones (SIP---sold in place) that previously had been owned and operated by BellSouth. These had the smart boards in them. The State paid a company to reprogram them so that they would work on Centrex lines with no money required.

I can't remember now about the upper locks. I think that the vault doors had been removed since the calls were free. (It is a tariff violation to charge for calls from Centrex lines.) I know we had to get inside them to swap out the handsets. The armored cords were supposed to withstand 400 lbs. of pulling on them, but the mental patients just twisted the handsets until the cords broke. (Then they complained about not having a working phone.)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on May 16, 2013, 07:45:55 PM
newest phone to my collection.just bought it . model 4120 wooden rotary wall phone.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on May 16, 2013, 08:01:39 PM
I like it!
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on May 17, 2013, 11:29:02 AM
another western electric 302 from 1946 I just purchased off of ebay.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Mr. Bones on May 17, 2013, 12:13:31 PM
southernphoneman,

     Nice toys, thanks for sharing the pics. I like the County Line / Country Junction phones, but haven't tripped over a good deal, yet.

     Very nice 302, also! I like it a lot!

Best regards!
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on May 17, 2013, 08:21:57 PM
thank you westernelectric ben and mr bones for your compliments
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 02, 2013, 03:14:32 PM
just bought 2nd payphone from payphones.com.photos when I receive it.just received it photo below.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 02, 2013, 05:45:35 PM
just won a beautiful western electric 2500,ebay item number 300911558573,photo when I receive it. my thanks goes to magicmo who sold me this beautiful 2500 on ebay.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on June 02, 2013, 07:22:25 PM
just won a beautiful western electric 2500,ebay item number 300911558573,photo when I receive it.

Nice, I need to stock up on those 2500's. Interesting thing is that phone was refurbeshed after the break up of ATT thats why it says ATT on the faceplate.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 13, 2013, 03:36:42 PM
another 500 to my collection,made by ITT, condition is FILTHY will have to be overhauled, picked up at my local pickers for $5.00.photo below.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 13, 2013, 07:47:25 PM
just won this phone off of ebay, a 1951 western electric 500.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on June 13, 2013, 09:46:09 PM
just won this phone off of ebay, a 1951 western electric 500.

Can we have a link, looks nice! How many phones are we up to? I estamate myself to having about 130 phones...
Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 14, 2013, 09:15:04 PM
just won this phone off of ebay, a 1951 western electric 500.

Can we have a link, looks nice! How many phones are we up to? I estamate myself to having about 130 phones...
Ben
hey,ben,i still haven t figured out how to link, and my phone count stands at 33.take care.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on June 15, 2013, 11:19:01 AM
just won this phone off of ebay, a 1951 western electric 500.

Can we have a link, looks nice! How many phones are we up to? I estamate myself to having about 130 phones...
Ben
hey,ben,i still haven t figured out how to link, and my phone count stands at 33.take care.


Soon you'll be up to 133
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 16, 2013, 03:51:35 PM
this is my 1962 green western electric 500 purchased off of ebay a week ago.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on June 16, 2013, 04:20:41 PM
Nice! Does that have a soft center finger wheele?

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 16, 2013, 04:23:58 PM
Nice! Does that have a soft center finger wheele?

Ben
thank you ,and unfortunately it doesn t have the soft center finger wheel.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on June 16, 2013, 04:26:17 PM
Nice! Does that have a soft center finger wheele?

Ben
thank you ,and unfortunately it doesn t have the soft center finger wheel.

I'm sure it has the origional dial though..
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 19, 2013, 04:13:45 PM
just added my first princess phone to my collection,avacado green from 1965.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on June 19, 2013, 05:56:29 PM
I want that phone!! I have all of the other phones in avacado green besides a princess!

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: twocvbloke on June 19, 2013, 06:22:18 PM
I just want a princess, at least, one that isn't pink... :D
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 21, 2013, 01:16:48 PM
just bought this beautiful yellow western electric 500 from magicmo through ebay.ITEM number 300915121805,photos when I receive it. was able to get this photo from the add.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: baldopeacock on June 21, 2013, 07:42:29 PM
Here's a couple of the eBay pics.     Looks like the heart of this one is a '58, refurbed with the late small round feet and modularized.   Sometimes I wonder what a Bell-refurbished phone was originally.   Certainly this one's original housing was soft plastic, whatever color it was.

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Bell-System-Western-Electric-500-DM-marked-2-79-and-2-58-w-G3-handset-/00/s/NjQwWDQ4MA==/z/SXoAAMXQXTZRfDRV/$(KGrHqZ,!lgFELN,mKorBRfDRVYQ5Q~~60_3.JPG)

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Bell-System-Western-Electric-500-DM-marked-2-79-and-2-58-w-G3-handset-/00/s/NDgwWDY0MA==/z/RYEAAMXQsmFRfDRY/$T2eC16N,!)kE9s4Z-u)nBRfDRY,)Yg~~60_3.JPG?rt=nc)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: poplar1 on June 21, 2013, 08:01:33 PM
No way to know what color this one was originally, because the original dial has been replaced.

When you find a remanufactured 500 with an old 7C or 7D dial--even if it has the newer type finger wheel---check the back of the dial. If the date on the dial matches the ringer date and/or network date, then the dial is probably original to the phone, even if it is now a different color.  All 7-type dials, as well as the early 9Cs, have the original color indicated.

For example: 7D-3 8-55 was originally a black dial in 1955. 7C-56 9-62 was originally yellow  in 1962. 9C-53 3-66 was originally red in 1966.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 27, 2013, 03:32:30 PM
just received the phone today and it has a 9CA-10/75
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 30, 2013, 09:49:27 PM
just won these 2 phones from an auction on ebay
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on June 30, 2013, 10:00:38 PM
Those look like great phones! I like the one with the dial blank. I like that kind more than the 95A. Can you relate us the item number or link?

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on June 30, 2013, 10:03:49 PM
Those look like great phones! I like the one with the dial blank. I like that kind more than the 95A. Can you relate us the item number or link?

Ben
hi ben, here it is,ebay item number 251294828819
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on June 30, 2013, 10:19:11 PM
Good Job SouthernPhoneMan, I wish I saw that listing, I would have bid on it. You sure did get a good deal, especially for two telephones for only 29.99!

I wonder if the dial phone, with soft plastic handset, is all original? It would be interesting to see the insides.

Link for other users: http://goo.gl/kB8PL

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on July 05, 2013, 02:31:58 PM
just added some more shelves and here is a photo of them and the photo will show an up to date picture of the collection
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on July 05, 2013, 03:50:03 PM
I really like that! You have some very nice phones too, and I like that you labeled some of them too.

The custom display is really nice. What room is that in, bedroom, shop, living room etc.? I will be building one this summer but just havn't ordered any parts yet...

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on July 05, 2013, 04:47:46 PM
I really like that! You have some very nice phones too, and I like that you labeled some of them too.

The custom display is really nice. What room is that in, bedroom, shop, living room etc.? I will be building one this summer but just havn't ordered any parts yet...

Ben
hi ben,thank you very much for the compliments, that means a lot coming from you.the room is an extra bedroom that I call the phone room and good luck on your projects,and I have already viewed your new web site, GOOD JOB on that.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on July 05, 2013, 04:53:10 PM
I really like that! You have some very nice phones too, and I like that you labeled some of them too.

The custom display is really nice. What room is that in, bedroom, shop, living room etc.? I will be building one this summer but just havn't ordered any parts yet...

Ben
hi ben,thank you very much for the compliments, that means a lot coming from you.the room is an extra bedroom that I call the phone room and good luck on your projects,and I have already viewed your new web site, GOOD JOB on that.

Thank you so much! I have some projects which I'm really excited about but some have to be done before others...

I'm actually editing a video of my "phone room" (bedroom) before and after the new display comes in.

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on July 08, 2013, 03:57:52 PM
well, I finally did it.i bit the bullet and bought a candlestick.its photo is below, its from 1915, and I paid $99.00.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on July 21, 2013, 06:45:09 PM
this is my recently purchased 1936 manual 202 with an F1 handset.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on July 21, 2013, 06:46:53 PM
this is my recently purchased western electric 554.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on July 21, 2013, 08:31:32 PM
Nice candle stick and 202! I only have one of each right now.

That 554 looks nice, was it on eBay, because I thought I saw one like that?

Its too bad I'm on a money reserve but soon enough I will be back to the phones.

Ben

Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on July 21, 2013, 08:55:17 PM
Nice candle stick and 202! I only have one of each right now.

That 554 looks nice, was it on eBay, because I thought I saw one like that?

Its too bad I'm on a money reserve but soon enough I will be back to the phones.

Ben


thanks for the compliments ben,yes the 554 was purchased on ebay today for about $22.00, it needs work though,when done it will become a full service phone. ;)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on July 21, 2013, 09:18:34 PM
Great deal, do you have the item number or link?
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on July 21, 2013, 09:36:00 PM
Great deal, do you have the item number or link?
ben, here it is,ebay item number 231017597470
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on July 30, 2013, 08:44:55 PM
one of the three birthday phones for this year, a red western electric 500 from 1965.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on July 30, 2013, 09:12:04 PM
Nice! Can we see the others or have a link?

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on July 30, 2013, 09:32:11 PM
Nice! Can we see the others or have a link?

Ben
ebay item number 400533761854,and the other two,a Japanese import model DO-8 and a 1954 western electric black 500 were purchased locally a i will post them soon,thank you.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on August 05, 2013, 04:54:55 PM
pictured below are the last 2 of my birthday phones.1 a model D-08, and 2 a black western electric 500 from 1954, both need work.thankyou
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on August 06, 2013, 04:50:24 PM
look at this beautiful metal western electric 302 that I just bought off of ebay from our good friend Doug Rose.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on August 06, 2013, 05:55:11 PM
Man! Thats a nice one, I actual saw that one. I wanted to buy it but I don't have the money right now. Just bought parts for the key system and need to finish wiring it.

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on September 06, 2013, 05:54:33 PM
this is a red western electric  554 that I just purchased from 1970, southernphoneman
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on September 08, 2013, 10:25:06 AM
this another 500 from my collection, a black western electric, from 1953.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Dennis Markham on September 08, 2013, 07:09:49 PM
Looks very nice, Gregg.  Nice job!  Is that an original dial card in there?
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on September 08, 2013, 07:14:14 PM
Nice early 500! Is the handset cord replaced, because I think it would have a straight cord or am I mistaken?

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on September 26, 2013, 09:31:33 PM
Very nice, I see what you were talking about when you asked about 554's, a 1955 one, lets hope its parts matching!

I made the link click-able: http://tinyurl.com/lv475f5

Ben

Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on October 11, 2013, 11:33:32 PM
Wow that looks really nice, how much did you give for it? I wonder if it was restored previously with that number card.

Kind of like what I use..

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on October 12, 2013, 03:24:41 PM
Wow that looks really nice, how much did you give for it? I wonder if it was restored previously with that number card.

Kind of like what I use..

Ben
hi ben, I think the seller puts these in after restoration, I have bought a couple of phones from him, Gregg
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on October 30, 2013, 09:16:43 PM
another 554 that I just added to my collection and its been restored, Gregg.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on October 30, 2013, 09:19:30 PM
Did you restore it? Looks nice!!

Ben 
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on October 30, 2013, 09:20:11 PM
Did you restore it? Looks nice!!

Ben 
yes I did ben and thank you
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on October 30, 2013, 10:21:34 PM
Did you restore it? Looks nice!!

Ben 
yes I did ben and thank you

Well it looks great!
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on November 04, 2013, 05:23:56 PM
here is another phone that I forgot to post here. I purchased it from someone here on the forum and bought it as a converted subset and reconverted it back to a 5302 G I just added the rotary dial, now modified with the right dial plate, Gregg
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Doug Rose on November 04, 2013, 05:53:19 PM
here is another phone that I forgot to post here. I purchased it from someone here on the forum and bought it as a converted subset and reconverted it back to a 5302 G I just added the rotary dial, Gregg
Gregg....Nice job....I have the proper dial plate. PM me with your address and I'll send it out to you....Doug
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on November 04, 2013, 07:25:53 PM
Heh.. I was wondering why it looked wrong!

Ben     
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: zaphod01 on November 04, 2013, 09:31:54 PM
I built the subset from a 5302 carcass I got from another member. I'm glad it lives on as a 5302 again. I also have a proper 5M dial plate if anyone else needs one.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on November 04, 2013, 09:33:58 PM
I built the subset from a 5302 carcass I got from another member. I'm glad it lives on as a 5302 again. I also have a proper 5M dial plate if anyone else needs one.
you did a good job to. :)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on November 08, 2013, 01:28:29 PM
here is another phone that I forgot to post here. I purchased it from someone here on the forum and bought it as a converted subset and reconverted it back to a 5302 G I just added the rotary dial, Gregg
Gregg....Nice job....I have the proper dial plate. PM me with your address and I'll send it out to you....Doug
to my good friend Doug Rose, as you will see from the modified photo it now has the right part, this forum is lucky to have you, and i want to thank you for what you did, :) ;), Gregg
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Doug Rose on November 08, 2013, 04:40:38 PM
Gregg...your phone look great!! Glad I could help. You are getting a great collection...take care.....Doug
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on November 15, 2013, 04:27:17 PM
just won this beautiful yellow 2500 off of ebay from our good friend harrysmith, thank you Harry, Gregg
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on November 15, 2013, 05:14:40 PM
just bought this red 2500 from ebay also,Gregg
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on November 15, 2013, 05:42:42 PM
the price gregg for the red phone thanks
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on November 15, 2013, 06:18:20 PM
the price gregg for the red phone thanks
$47.00, thank you, Gregg
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on November 16, 2013, 07:56:50 PM
oh its a good price for this red phone :) thanks you for the response.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on November 21, 2013, 07:26:38 PM
Hi, I just bought my first ever automatic electric telephone pictured below, and also there is a photo of the base, can someone tell me what the black numbers represent, thankyou, Gregg.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on November 21, 2013, 07:30:17 PM
Very nice, love those AE 40's. I only have one myself, that still needs for me to finish restoring it.

How much was it? I really like that number card, very stylish. (just like these phones)

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on November 21, 2013, 07:36:32 PM
Very nice, love those AE 40's. I only have one myself, that still needs for me to finish restoring it.

How much was it? I really like that number card, very stylish. (just like these phones)

Ben
thank you Ben, it was 49 dollars and change, I wasn t a big fan of AE phone until lately when they started to grow on me, and I don t even know if I paid to much or not, on ebay there price varied from 25 dollars to over 1000 dollars, Gregg
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on November 21, 2013, 07:39:12 PM
I am not the price master for phones but I would say you got a pretty good deal!

I'm not a big fan on the AE's either.. Though, some I think look really cool and some like the 80E look too blocky and ugly.

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on December 01, 2013, 12:00:44 PM
here is my first 2 tones 500 won on ebay a few minuts ago, Gregg
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on December 01, 2013, 12:45:21 PM
Very cool, I am still yet to buy one. Though, I did just pick up a 1964 yellow phone.

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on December 01, 2013, 04:12:46 PM
What's the difference between ' Automatic Électric phone and the other .?. excuse my ignorance ;)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on December 01, 2013, 06:05:23 PM
Gregg,

I'm sure you already thought this through, but you might want to sand down the bottom of the AE 40 where it is rusty. If you have a dremel you can buy a bit that will work well grinding down the rust.

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on December 01, 2013, 06:10:32 PM
Cool.

I had to do the same with my AE 40, just add a line cord. Though, I just cannot find a good way to shine it.

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: poplar1 on December 01, 2013, 06:21:22 PM
Ben, thank you for your compliment,



  and contempra, the difference I believe that western electric and automatic electric are just 2 companies who made beautiful telephones for the bell system, Gregg

In most cases Bell companies in the U.S.--at least for most of the 20th century--used Western Electric phones, Bell Canada used Northern Electric. Automatic Electric phones were seldom used by the Bell System; rather they were used by independents.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: WesternElectricBen on December 06, 2013, 06:17:15 PM
Very nice, I was looking at that, but I didn't have the funds.

That pink one looks especially nice.

Ben
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: HarrySmith on December 06, 2013, 06:25:42 PM
Nice haul ;D Works out to around $12.50 per phone, not bad. That is some line cord on the Pink one! A little polish and put them back on eBay for twice as much :o

Did you get the two-tone 500 yet? Is it original?
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: HarrySmith on December 06, 2013, 09:17:21 PM
Oh well, nice try. Looks like you got some two-tone possibilties in this new group. Green and white? Brown & white? ;D
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on December 06, 2013, 09:31:59 PM
Nice lot of fun (phone) :D.. now I think about the shipping... ;)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: poplar1 on December 06, 2013, 09:50:43 PM
Nice lot of fun (phone) :D.. now I think about the shipping... ;)

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Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on December 07, 2013, 08:28:18 AM
Lucky man.........FREE shipping....
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on December 09, 2013, 08:58:43 PM
Nice piece  Gregg, this phone has a  modular plug ? I don,t know this sort of phone.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on December 09, 2013, 09:42:33 PM
it looks like an old 554 wall phone with push button if i'm not wrong..correct me;)
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: poplar1 on December 10, 2013, 08:51:10 AM
Western Electric, ITT and Stromberg-Carlson 2554s are sometimes called "Mini-Wall." They are actually closer to the design of a Princess than to a 554. The first WE 1554s (10-button Touch-Tone) used the same M1A ringer and 4010 network developed for the Princess. Both these parts are smaller than the C4 ringer and 425 network found in a 554.

S-C and ITT made a rotary version of the Mini-Wall, but WE did not. NE/NT never made any Mini-Walls. Northern Electric/Northern Telecom 2554 uses the same chassis as a 554. ITT and S-C also made a large version Touch-Tone wall phone similar to the NE/NT 2554, but used a different code number such as 3554.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on December 10, 2013, 09:23:37 AM
I've never seen one with my eyes, that's why i asked if i'm wrong  David ;).. Thank you very much Gregg and David
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on December 18, 2013, 05:28:25 PM
Here is a western electric 202 that I just bought from our good friend Doug Rose, it is a manual and it will have a rotary added to it and will be restored. parts of the purchase included a 534 subset also shown here.after restoration I will post another photo of it, Gregg
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Doug Rose on December 18, 2013, 06:47:12 PM
Gregg.....Merry Christmas ....many thanks...Doug
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on December 18, 2013, 10:26:25 PM
it looks nice Gregg and i'm sure you'll take care of this phone . what's the year of your phone Gregg ?
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: southernphoneman on December 19, 2013, 05:03:42 AM
it looks nice Gregg and i'm sure you'll take care of this phone . what's the year of your phone Gregg ?
First off thanks to Ben for his comment and to Doug Rose for his merry Christmas wish and Denis the phone is from 1934.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Southernphoneman on December 15, 2015, 08:31:41 PM
Here is a recent purchase, and this type of 500,labled a 500 T as seen in the 1st photo from 4/52 which is all original but the handset cord had to be replaced.
Title: Re: southernphonemans collection
Post by: Contempra on December 15, 2015, 10:09:16 PM
Hey !,.. looks like mine Gregg :)..
Title: Re: Pvt-telco's Collection
Post by: Contempra on May 03, 2017, 10:42:54 PM
Nice one PVT.. If i'm not wrong , just a missing piece to add on the dial and it'll be complete at first glance  ;)
Title: Re: Pvt-telco's Collection
Post by: Doug Rose on May 04, 2017, 08:04:24 PM
Hey Gregg....welcome back, you have been missed....Doug
Title: Re: Pvt-telco's Collection
Post by: Pvt-telco on May 05, 2017, 10:54:39 AM
Hey Gregg....welcome back, you have been missed....Doug


Thank you Doug, it is great to be back, and thank you for your very kind comments. :)
Title: Re: Pvt-telco's Collection
Post by: AL_as_needed on May 15, 2017, 08:59:07 PM
Now that is a sharp looking phone  8)
Title: Re: Pvt-telco's Collection
Post by: Contempra on May 15, 2017, 09:44:59 PM
Nice red one Gregg.. I have one like this but a a little bit dark .
Title: Re: Pvt-telco's Collection
Post by: Contempra on May 21, 2017, 08:28:37 AM
Nice one Gregg. have a great day .