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Telephone Talk => Collector's Corner => Topic started by: MagicMo on March 29, 2013, 07:16:53 PM

Title: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: MagicMo on March 29, 2013, 07:16:53 PM
Hello All,
I have been busy these past couple weeks going through boxes of stuff and while I am not done, I did accomplish a lot so far. I seriously stopped counting at one hundred phones. Not everything made it's way to my basement yet. I would say I still have approximately 30-40 more phones and that's without mentioning all the parts, speakers and boxes full of doo*dads! The payphones, 202's and some 302's along with ringers are still upstairs too. I felt like posting a few pics just so you can see what I have up against. I will post more when I finish getting everything uncovered.
Thanks,
Mo
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: DavePEI on March 29, 2013, 07:35:18 PM
Absolutely Incredible, Maureen! When are you going to open the museum :)

Dave
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: MagicMo on March 29, 2013, 07:51:51 PM
Absolutely Incredible, Maureen! When are you going to open the museum :)


Look who's talking!! :D

Opening day will be next week. I have about a week's worth of sorting left!
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: WesternElectricBen on March 29, 2013, 09:30:41 PM
I don't usually say this but, OMG!! I have like 70-80 phones and the collection seems small because they are spread through out the house.

Are you going to sell any of it? Id be interested.

Ben
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: MagicMo on March 29, 2013, 09:38:29 PM
Are you going to sell any of it? Id be interested.

Yes,
All of it is going.
Mo
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: Phonesrfun on March 29, 2013, 10:38:49 PM
OMG2
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: WesternElectricBen on March 29, 2013, 10:48:24 PM
OMG2

haha good one!!
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: Sargeguy on March 29, 2013, 10:48:59 PM
Did you find any more Picture Phones?  Make sure you check all the boxes.
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: MagicMo on March 29, 2013, 11:06:54 PM
Did you find any more Picture Phones?  Make sure you check all the boxes.

No, but I did find a cool exotic candlestick phone in a big gray box. All yours for only $300. ;)

I am still hoping to uncover a twin Picturephone. I'm not ruling it out until the attic is clear and I've got  a lot more boxes to go through.
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: Dan/Panther on March 30, 2013, 01:01:52 PM
MagicMo;
The only phone I'm really looking for, is a hardwired Black princess. If you find one and want to sell it please let me know.
D/P
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: Sargeguy on March 30, 2013, 05:57:00 PM
Is that a payphone under the table with an "out of order" sticker on it?  Is it a 3-slot?
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: southernphoneman on April 01, 2013, 09:50:37 PM
now that collection would make any collector jealous.very verycool.
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: zaphod01 on April 07, 2013, 02:45:48 PM
I got excited when I saw the model 500 with the 95A dial blank! Are these going on ebay?

Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: MagicMo on April 08, 2013, 07:16:17 PM
I got excited when I saw the model 500 with the 95A dial blank! Are these going on ebay?


Yes!
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: baldopeacock on April 08, 2013, 08:14:02 PM
I got excited when I saw the model 500 with the 95A dial blank! Are these going on ebay?



The 95A dial blank phone - is that the one in the 5th photo from the top, the early style smooth blank?   I think of that as the "baby moon" blank, reminds me of Baby Moon hubcaps from the '60s/70s.   Those are very cool, and don't seem to come along often.
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: zaphod01 on April 09, 2013, 04:56:30 AM
I have one on a 1952 I bought recently. There's something that makes it look 'modern' to me. I guess I'm a true child of the fifties!

Good luck with your sorting. It is an amazing legacy.
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: MagicMo on April 13, 2013, 06:22:07 PM
I found these this morning in the eves of the garage! All except one yellow and one green is WE. The green is Stromberg and the yellow is ITT.  :o
Mo
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: AE_Collector on April 13, 2013, 06:43:58 PM
Yeah it was more than just keeping stuff that your dad worked with directly. He also wanted one of each model of telephone and in each color available (like everyone else here on CRPF) and he wanted phones from the other manufacturers as well as WECo. Too bad he hadn't been a member here.

Terry
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: MagicMo on April 13, 2013, 07:06:49 PM
Yeah it was more than just keeping stuff that your dad worked with directly. He also wanted one of each model of telephone and in each color available (like everyone else here on CRPF) and he wanted phones from the other manufacturers as well as WECo. Too bad he hadn't been a member here.

Terry

I can see how these guys start to multiply! I love the red 500 (D2M) not sure what the D2M means but the bottom says it is from 11-59. Shouldn't that be hardwired? The black 500 (C/D) on the left is is beautiful condition, what does C/D mean? it is form 6-64.
Thanks
Mo
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: DavePEI on April 13, 2013, 07:12:51 PM
I found these this morning in the eves of the garage! All except one yellow and one green is WE. The green is Stromberg and the yellow is ITT.  :o
Mo
<G> I wonder how many other hiding places he had :) Maybe you will find that other Picturephone yet!

Dave
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: MagicMo on April 13, 2013, 07:25:09 PM
I found these this morning in the eves of the garage! All except one yellow and one green is WE. The green is Stromberg and the yellow is ITT.  :o
Mo
<G> I wonder how many other hiding places he had :) Maybe you will find that other Picturephone yet!

Dave

I was thinking the same thing today....LOL. I still have not gone through everything yet. I'm sure there are more surprises to come. I'm sure I've told everyone before but he collected more than just telephones. Today I uncovered a collection of old vintage fans. I am actually going to take a leave of absence from work beginning next month to work on the house. I put in at least a month of full time work on it already. Luckily for all those collectors out there he just could not get rid of anything.
Mo
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: WesternElectricBen on April 13, 2013, 08:44:55 PM
You shall show some pictures of where he hides the phones, in their natural habitat.

Ben
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: paul-f on April 13, 2013, 10:48:15 PM

I love the red 500 (D2M) not sure what the D2M means but the bottom says it is from 11-59. Shouldn't that be hardwired? The black 500 (C/D) on the left is is beautiful condition, what does C/D mean? it is form 6-64.


Mo,  There's some background info on the format of the model number stampings on the bottom of the phones here:

   http://www.paul-f.com/we500typ.htm#Key (http://www.paul-f.com/we500typ.htm#Key)

Both codes are for inventory management, and indicate how the set was made or stocked.

Briefly, the C/D indicates a manual set is a 500C and a dial set is a 500D.  One base came off the production line and the set became a C or D depending on whether a dial was added in final assembly and packing.

D2M tells us the dial base (D) is modular (M) and was originally stocked as a separate component until it reached the field (2).  The installer added the color kit (housing, dial plate), handset and cords to make it a complete phone. 

You can read more in the BSPs by searching for "D2M" in the TCI Library.
Title: Re: I stopped counting at one hundred!
Post by: DavePEI on June 10, 2014, 03:51:18 PM
I found these this morning in the eves of the garage! All except one yellow and one green is WE. The green is Stromberg and the yellow is ITT.  :o
Mo
Next step will be to do an archaeological dig of the back yard! Goodness knows how many he hid there  :)

Dave