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Take a look at this really good thread by poplar1. Lots of detailed info and date ranges there:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=11422.msg121869#msg121869

Thanks, this is really informative! By the way, one of the two phones shown (I'm not sure which one just yet) will be for sale quite soon. I should have a link to the classified ad in a couple of days. Both are in excellent condition, however, the one with just "0" and "operator" seems to have been 'worked on' at some point, as the dial operates rather oddly. If I post it, there'll be more details in the listing.
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Collector's Corner / Re: Show us your first 2019 purchase
« Last post by Fabius on Today at 10:59:37 AM »
My first phone purchase of 2019. The Northern Telcom airplane phone.
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If Mark is selling it as legit I would be inclined to trust his judgement.  Here is a picture of one I sold a while back for comparison.

Is the top one also 11x11? Notice one has the thin boarder and the other has the wider one.
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Wiring for the set is found in BSP 502-541-408.

RR and RT are the ringer connections. Look for T and R for the line key you prefer to use (1R, 1T, etc.). Both ringer and line connections must be connected to the line to be able to both ring and talk.

There's a copy in the TCI Library here:

https://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php/browse/bsps-bell-system/bsp-categories-by-later-division-number-by-doc/500-529-station-equipment/502-division-station-sets-common-battery/9159-502-541-408-i1/file

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Would like to wire this 565HKM for single-line use. Looks like a previous owner already tried...there's a 2-wire cord from the wall to the RR and RT terminals (the bottom two next to the bottom finger in the first picture). The phone rings, but I get no dial tone. Any insight would be appreciated.
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General Discussion / Re: #4 dial on a 302
« Last post by Sargeguy on Yesterday at 11:33:17 PM »
It appears (to me at least) that some #4 dials, the ones that were #2 dial conversions, were used after WWII as replacements when there was high demand for new phones and as dial candlesticks and desk stands with #2 dials were retired from service.  Real "pure" 4H dials were used on early 302s, and 5Hs soon followed. D-1s were also issued 5H dials when they were reconditioned.  What are the dates on your dials? 
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Here is an eBay fake.  The similarities are fatter letters on the bell and thinner letters around the circle.  The difference is subtle but noticeable. On common fakes and on Mark's sign the letters have a crowded appearance and almost "bleed" into each other.  The absence of enameling on the flange and the sloppiness of the white border makes me suspect it might have been a production sample or prototype of some sort.  It could have been from a manufacturer that didn't get the big contract. A number of manufacturers produced early signs, some were better quality than others.
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If Mark is selling it as legit I would be inclined to trust his judgement.  Here is a picture of one I sold a while back for comparison. 
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Collector's Corner / Re: Show us your first 2019 purchase
« Last post by Stormcrash on Yesterday at 10:54:54 PM »
My first purchase of 2019 turned out to be a bit of a dud.

I took a shot at a listing for an older new Cortelco phone.  I'd asked the seller if it was rotary as the only part visible was the handset and they said they'd thought it was.  So I took a shot and made an offer that they accepted, the box looked right for the time of the final run. 

Whelp, got it today and sure enough its a 2500 and not a 500.  Still probably going to keep it, at $35 the difference from Amazon listings is the cost of shipping.  It's definately NOS, only oddities are the cords are kinked a bit from being boxed so long, and the ringer adjustment isn't very precise.  Most of the range makes only a ticking sound, with a quick transition to a weak ring, to full volume.

On the plus I dated the box correctly as the sticker indicates it was made in Jan of 2003, so it's from when they still made rotary 500's just got the wrong dial ;)

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General Discussion / Re: Different type of rural dial plate? What is it?
« Last post by FABphones on Yesterday at 10:27:10 PM »
Take a look at this really good thread by poplar1. Lots of detailed info and date ranges there:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=11422.msg121869#msg121869
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