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General Discussion / Re: Phones to stay away from?
« Last post by kleenax on Yesterday at 04:56:27 PM »
Some of the Kellogg desksets have a weird-working dial that only works on their "closed" system.
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Bakelite Repair & Polishing / Re: Can paint be removed safely from a Fatboy?
« Last post by kleenax on Yesterday at 04:54:20 PM »
So you're saying that some 1212 cases were in fact made of plastic?  Somewhere else on CRPF there was mention of 1212 cases made of tenite? 
Answering my own question, that was for colored 1212s: http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=13163.msg138339#msg138339

So if it's originally black, safe to assume it's bakelite? 


I have seen 100's of them, and to my knowledge, yes, if they are BLACK, they are composed of bakelite.
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General Discussion / Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Last post by kleenax on Yesterday at 04:52:15 PM »
Have a look at this link from the "JKL Museum" .    They have a similar dial on display, and a video on it's operation.   Scroll down to the middle of the page.

Link:  http://jklmuseum.com/tag/telephone/

Enjoy the rest of the day.

Jeff Lamb


Sounds just a "teeny bit" faster than 10pps in that video!  ;-)
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General Discussion / Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Last post by kleenax on Yesterday at 04:48:42 PM »
Here's a photo of the one that I used to have. Honestly found it one day in a super-dirty antique shop where the owner actually KICKED this little dial across the floor before I rescued it! I thought it was a beer-can at first when he kicked it! Gave him $5.00 for it, and many  years later, as I had it on display at a phone show, someone offered me $500 for it......sooooo.....it's gone :-(

Never could find a photo of it mounted to a telephone, and mine was missing the "can" on the bottom too.
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It was a mobile (there was no back seat in that custom Toronado). Mannix was originally written to be technologically cutting-edge with a focus on computers. Executive producer Lucille Ball decided they were too obscure for average viewers to comprehend (it was 1967, after all) so they were largely removed. But the car was obviously super-advanced for the time so they evidently decided to keep the car-phone.
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General Discussion / Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Last post by Key2871 on Yesterday at 04:23:54 PM »
That's very interesting. First time I saw it, I couldn't figure out how it would work. But ingenious how it works, kinda like a toy dial I saw on a toy phone once.
I for one would be interested to find out what it was used on/in.
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But what's the point? I've been waiting for someone to tell us why it's there. Was it intercom to the driver from the back seat, was it part of a mobile phone?
Those were boat's, that would pass anything but a gas station. But I don't see the point of having one in the car.
Anyone? Don't get me wrong, it's a nice looking phone...
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North-WE Dial
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Bakelite Repair & Polishing / Re: Can paint be removed safely from a Fatboy?
« Last post by Brinybay on Yesterday at 04:05:23 PM »
The SC 1212 (sometimes called Fatboy - a nickname invented by Mary Knappen back in the 70's) is indeed bakelite; that's why they crack/break so darn easy!

I use ethyl alcohol to strip paint from bakelite phones; works great!

I'll let the buyer worry about removing the paint.  Your other comment about the fragility gives me cause for concern because it's being shipped a very long way.
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