Author Topic: Lamp Phone Atrocities!  (Read 331399 times)

Offline compubit

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #825 on: May 24, 2020, 11:11:13 PM »
Another eBay auction with another payphone converted!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Illinois-Bell-Pay-Phone-Converted-to-Steampunk-21-Table-Lamp-Bob-Steinmetz/223923427026

Illinois Bell Pay Phone Converted to Steampunk 21" Table Lamp Bob Steinmetz

Sellers description:
This listing features a vintage and original Illinois Bell Public Push Button Pay Phone professionally Converted to Steampunk Table Lamp by Got a Light Custom Steampunk Lighting, Bob Steinmetz. Tested and lamp is in excellent working condition. Dimmer knob switch on back. Measures approximately 21" x 12" x 9". Made in USA.  Shows some wear from age, rare vintage piece.

At least on this one, it appears that they just used the existing lock hole for the lamp.

BTW, probably the only thing truly “Illinois Bell” about this phone is the vault cover... (Not a WE keypad, probably not a WE handset, or even the innards...), at which point I call fair game...

J
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Favorite Phone: Western Electric Trimline - it just feels right holding it up to my face!

Offline Key2871

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #826 on: May 25, 2020, 10:08:18 AM »
Here's an idea, take those cheap China plastic knockoffs and make a lamp out of those.
Leave the good old real phones alone.
KEN

Offline FABphones

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #827 on: June 16, 2020, 10:46:05 AM »
As a phone in it’s original condition I would have looked more closely at this, but as a lamp....  :(
« Last Edit: June 16, 2020, 01:27:00 PM by FABphones »
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Offline countryman

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #828 on: June 16, 2020, 12:48:52 PM »
Auction link

The seller wants about 4 times the the going rate of a good, nice and fairly clean W48. A person must be in dire need of a lamp to consider this eyesore...

I have an ivory W48 if you were interested.

Offline 19and41

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #829 on: June 16, 2020, 01:08:46 PM »
Zerstört.
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Offline MMikeJBenN27

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #830 on: August 09, 2020, 03:26:54 AM »
Just bought a black 302 of off E-Bay that had been destroyed by turning it into a lamp.  Fortunately, they drilled the hole in the shell and not through the still shiny handset.  The same day it came, I turned to back into a working phone.  I can fix the shell with JB weld, so that is not a problem.  This phone has an aluminum, instead of steel, base plate, which is great.  It will never rust.  The 5H dial was missing the flat spring and the cloth/paper that go under the dial face, and a finger stop screw, a screw for the metal cover that goes over the gear train, and a screw for the gear train itself.   The handset was missing both capsules and the contacts and mounting screws.  Fortunately, I had all of the necessary parts in my piles of spares, including good cords, except for the bracket for the condenser, which I can fabricate, and the metal part that provides and anchor point for the cords, which I can't find.  When it I finish it, it will be on E-Bay as a PHONE, as it now works great and looks very good.

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WE Candlestick Phones Turned Into Actual Candlesticks
« Reply #831 on: August 27, 2020, 11:40:03 AM »
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Western-Electric-Nickel-Plated-Candlestick-Telephone-spring-loaded-candle-stick/264845448439?hash=item3daa04d4f7:g:q2QAAOSwmKdfRq7l



Better hurry, only 10 available @ $95.00 each or BO :o

It appears at least they only sacrificed WE bases to make these - Overall very crudely done.
Bruce
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Offline 19and41

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #832 on: August 27, 2020, 01:15:45 PM »
They could've made that out of a paper towel holder.
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Offline FABphones

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #833 on: August 27, 2020, 02:10:02 PM »
As pointless projects go, that end product is up there with the best worst.

They could've made that out of a paper towel holder.
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Offline phonium

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #834 on: August 27, 2020, 02:28:19 PM »
Read the description, I dont think this is a modern modification. It seems this was done by bell system in the 20s.
George

Offline magicbrain

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #835 on: August 27, 2020, 08:48:03 PM »
Read the description, I dont think this is a modern modification. It seems this was done by bell system in the 20s.
Despite what the seller states, anyone working for Bell Telephone/Western Electric back in the day would never have turned out work like this - I doubt any professional would have.

Bruce
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Offline Duffy

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #836 on: October 03, 2020, 05:01:51 AM »
Found on Facebook Marketplace.

Offline FABphones

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #837 on: October 15, 2020, 11:44:09 AM »
And another nice candlestick becomes a ‘talking point’, this one has ‘sympathetic brass’, Awwww  ::).

Second screenshot below is the sellers description. Spot the inaccuracies.
A collector of  'Monochrome Phones with Sepia Tones'   ...and a Duck!
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Vintage Phones - 10% man made, 90% Tribble
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‘You never realise how anti-social you are until there’s a pandemic and your life doesn’t really change that much’
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Offline 19and41

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #838 on: October 15, 2020, 01:28:05 PM »
I've seen finger hooks for door handles made from bactericidal brass, but no sympathetic brass.
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Offline FABphones

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #839 on: November 03, 2020, 04:22:47 AM »
A few more, these become progressively ‘creative’.

That first one has the base back to front.
Anyone quick to spot the location of the on/off switch on that Cobra?

Actually, the third one is growing on me....   :o
« Last Edit: November 03, 2020, 04:30:35 AM by FABphones »
A collector of  'Monochrome Phones with Sepia Tones'   ...and a Duck!
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Vintage Phones - 10% man made, 90% Tribble
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‘You never realise how anti-social you are until there’s a pandemic and your life doesn’t really change that much’
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If I have seen further than others, it is because I am standing on a pile of failed experiments