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Offline HarrySmith

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How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« on: December 26, 2012, 09:24:16 PM »
Has anyone else noticed all the Strowger 11 digit wall phones that have sold on eBay recently? There was 4 all listed at the same time less than a month ago and then another more recently! I was really surprised to see all these available.

Item numbers:
150942909327
121018524840
160920319301
290806939280
130824122771
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Re: How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2012, 09:27:59 PM »
All the ones you mentioned are from Canadian sellers. I seem to recall that Edmonton had dial phones by 1905.
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Re: How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2012, 10:55:08 PM »
Yes it is surprising how many are around. Many due originate in Canada since both Edmonton and Somewhere in Saskatchewan or maybe it as Manitoba had these phones. I wish there were Strowger Sticks in the same quantity as then maybe I could find one for under $3000!

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Re: How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2012, 09:32:43 AM »
I know that there are at LEAST this many still out there!  ;D
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Re: How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2012, 05:55:23 PM »
As long as we're discussing these, is there anyone reproducing the push button for the front? Mine has an empty hole I'd love to fill correctly, even if only for display (I have no parts of the switch it would have activated).
Also, what went into the opening above the switch, a paper slip with a phone number, perhaps? That would seem logical except that there's also a hole in the round plate on the center of the dial which would logically be suitable for placing the number.

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Re: How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2012, 06:59:54 PM »
Also, what went into the opening above the switch, a paper slip with a phone number, perhaps? That would seem logical except that there's also a hole in the round plate on the center of the dial which would logically be suitable for placing the number.

I wondered if possibly an instruction to "press the button to ring" possibly went in that spot and then it too was removed along with the button when the Strowger CO's were upgraded to do automatic ringing but no proof this has been found either.

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Re: How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2012, 07:32:17 PM »
I should note that some time ago, we found a vintage photo of one of these taken in 1907, and nothing was in this place. Quite frankly, I don't remember where we found the photo now, but if I remember correctly, it was in an AE publication. The number was indeed in the space on the dial. Couple with that the fact no original cards have been found under this spot on any 11 digit, it appears unlikely that it was anything more than decorative.

There are many of us who have wondered the same thing.

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Re: How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2012, 03:59:50 PM »
As long as we're discussing these, is there anyone reproducing the push button for the front? Mine has an empty hole I'd love to fill correctly, even if only for display (I have no parts of the switch it would have activated).
Also, what went into the opening above the switch, a paper slip with a phone number, perhaps? That would seem logical except that there's also a hole in the round plate on the center of the dial which would logically be suitable for placing the number.

Gordon Gerdes (ATCA member) out of Canada has replacement push buttons. I think the display of wall phones are his. Gordon showed me a photo of 18 strowger sticks once.

When the Srowgers were removed from service, one of the installers kept them and installed them as intercoms for farmers. Gordon met this man and convinced him to take a drive and point out where he sold the Strowger "intercoms" at.

Gordon then bought as many of them as he could.

Gordon brings some wall phones and a stick or 2 when he attends the Abilene show.
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Re: How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2012, 04:28:18 PM »
I knew that picture of the Strowger Wall Phones looked familiar. Not the actual picture but the location., Here's a picture that I took when I was there awhile ago. Have you completed your order for AE 1A sets for this customer now Ray? They aren't in Alberta but in BC Canada.

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Re: How many Strowger 11 digit wall phones are still out there?
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2012, 05:23:26 PM »
Thanks to all for the helpful info. Interesting that the cutout in the finger stop was merely decorative.

Does anyone have contact info for Gordon Gerdes? I'm afraid I let my ATCA membership lapse. (#876, incredibly enough. Sometimes I feel old.)