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Auction Talk / Re: Craig's List Find
« Last post by oldguy on March 18, 2018, 05:55:16 PM »
I have gotten a few good deals on Craigslist, so I keep looking even though its been years since I've found a good deal on Craigslist. I'm glad you find them now & then too.
New Member Introductions / Re: 1910 candlestick 5 wires to 425b
« Last post by Zunazet on March 18, 2018, 05:51:58 PM »
I'm actually ok with the news that this is a replica what I have is 5 wires from the phone that connect to the network.
What I see is 2 striped orange wires, 1 going to the mouthpiece and 1 going to the earpiece and mouthpiece.
Then I have a solid brown wire to the mouthpiece.
One black striped wire going to the switch hook.
One white striped wire going thru the dial and then to the switch hook.

I'm need to know how that connects now to the 425B.

Sorry i completely misses that post.
Looks like you have it pretty well figured out.
I will try to find and post the diagram you need

Number/Dial Cards / Western Electric Number Card Holder - Straightening Tool
« Last post by kleenax on March 18, 2018, 05:50:28 PM »
Really didn't know whether to put this here or in the "Tools" section!

I know some of you have had this problem in the past:
Always seem to have a number of bent/dented WE card holders so I decided to bite the bullet and buy one of these tools from Mark Treutelaar/Old Phone Shop. He and I had talked about this tool for a few years now since we had both seen it at Paul Vaverchak's place in Pennsylvania. Mark decided to invest the $$ and have a few made.

The photo above shows what it looks like. It's really heavy too; must weigh 2 or 3 pounds. To use it, you simply place a card holder in it, face down:

Then place the top portion onto/INTO the card holder, being careful not to bend any of the little tabs. You might  even have to straighten out some tabs if they're in the way.

After you're satisfied with the way the tool fits together, just pick up the entire tool (with card holder inserted), and RAP IT firmly on a piece of scrap 2x4 wood or something like that. Mark emphasized that you to NOT want to hit it with a hammer (like I did) because it might damage the mating surfaces of the tool. After you have smacked it against the wood (or floor) a couple of times, your card holder should be "good-as-new", albeit with a little less paint.

Since I have a LOT of original cards, I decided to start assembling them and bagging them up with these cool little 2x2 bags that I picked up from

If everything goes right, you should have a nice, straight, card holder. Most will need re-painting, but that is another thread!

I just found this full BIN of WE card holders, so I have my work cut out for me!

Found the info here. Basically, it is all at Oldphoneworks and they has the wire in bulk too, but also in sets all made up with spades crimped on at reasonable prices and I finally found the three set for a desk phone. They also have the spades and strain relief also at reasonable pricing and quantity. You can save a little for really big quantities on spades at digikey. No point really though.  Just have to decide on bulk or pre-made. Probably will do the bulk because I may want different lengths than standard.
For Sale / Metal 302 For Sale
« Last post by HarrySmith on March 18, 2018, 05:32:31 PM »
I just finished restoring another of the metal 302's I got last  year. This one had poor paint so I stripped it. I tried polishing the bare metal but could not get a consistent finish so I had it painted. It was stripped, sanded, primed, painted and clear coated with auto paint. Looks great! Dates are from late 38 & dial number plate is 39. Newly recovered suede feet. All the screws and brackets have been cleaned and polished in a tumbler. The base is original paint and looks fantastic!  F1 handset cleaned up nicely and is undated. It has an original cloth handset cord with rubber wire insulation, again, no date. The original condenser bracket had been ripped off the base. I tried to find a replacement from an old 302 but was not able to locate one so I had to retrofit a bracket from a newer model. It fits fine and looks good. I added a black modular line cord. It works great. Taking offers here before it goes off to eBay.
caveat emptor

Th description is a real confidence builder:


Sold On As Is Basis. Age, History, Not Known, Bought from Antique Sign Collectors. Nicely Washed And Cleaned
Not Touched/ Painted.
Weight 1kg/ 1.76lbs Approx.
Collectibles /Antiques Not Returnable.
Please Ask For More Photos If Required
We Ship Within 2 Days Of Receiving Full Payment. Mostly We Ship Through Fedex or DHL And Provide Tracking Number. All Signs Are Professionally Packed.
Since These Are Used Items And Sold on offers, There Are NO REFUNDS Or RETURN Offered. It Is Like Real Time selling. You Ask Questions, Photos, Before Bidding And Do All Surveys.
We Sell All These On " As Is Where" Basis Since Age, History, Origin Are Not Known To Us.
Once You offer And Pay - The Item Is Yours.
Free shipping to USA and CANADA
If your from other than USA or CANADA please ask for Quotation for shipping
Please contact us If you want us to reduce the price on Invoicing as it will save you from Custom Duty.
We are not responsible for Custom Clearance or activities involving any Government agencies.
Buyer will pay the return shipping fee
Thank you

Taking a look at the sellers other items, it seems like he sells a lot of signs of "unknown origin" that all have very similar artificial aging.  Hmmm.

And of course one has to wonder how a Lincoln Telephone sign wound up in Mumbai
General Discussion / Re: Well, I think I'm Done......for now. (key system setup)
« Last post by Babybearjs on March 18, 2018, 02:33:30 PM »
I had to switch out my 212KTU with a new one.... the "FA" relay contacts are out of alignment and I didn't have the tools to adjust it... so I just switched out the whole unit.. put the old one to sleep for now.... the whole system works great and now with the 208's online, my intercom works better then before.... took me awhile to understand how the 208KTU works.... now that I'm that much smarter.... I'll be able to tackle the next problem....if there is one....
New Member Introductions / Re: 1910 candlestick 5 wires to 425b
« Last post by Zunazet on March 18, 2018, 02:07:13 PM »
2 wires should go to the microphone and two to the hook switch.

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