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So, how many are actually using their phones?

I have no modern phones
several at any given moment
Maybe one hooked up, when I'm in the mood
Hardly ever. Besides, they scare the kids
Heck no! Are you kidding? Display only!!

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Offline Brinybay

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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #180 on: April 09, 2013, 02:46:24 PM »
I do. One reason is they last lol. I got tired of the Big Lots or Target phones that fall apart after awhile. I did a full restoration a 553A (picture below), and use it as the main phone (has pulse to tone conversion). I never have to worry about batteries going dead, plastic parts faling apart, and cheap circut boards going out. These phones are just simple wires.

If you see these I'd say grab them. The 553A (side tone) or 653A (antisidetone) or 533 (No Dial). They make great usable phones, have everything built into the phone (no subsets needed as its a phone/subset in one) and nice show pieces. They seem to be the "forgotten" phones that go by on ebay or other places unnoticed.

I have two, one with and one w/o dial.  This really inspires me to clean them up and get them functioning.  Here's a PDF and a JPG scan of the real deal.  Somewhere on here is a re-make of the instructions that went on the front that Phonesrfun made.
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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #181 on: April 16, 2013, 05:45:08 PM »
My nightstand but only one is hooked up.

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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #182 on: April 16, 2013, 06:10:01 PM »
My nightstand but only one is hooked up.
those are some cool candlesticks. :) :)

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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #183 on: April 16, 2013, 09:00:32 PM »
Thanks! At this point in my life I have no idea how many phones I actually have. I am 35 and started getting them when I was 5 years old!

Offline Mr. Bones

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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #184 on: April 16, 2013, 10:38:04 PM »
My nightstand but only one is hooked up.

     What a gorgeous selection of phones to wake up to each day!

     I've just got to wonder: "Which one is hooked up?" Also wondering how in the world you hit 'snooze', without jostling the phones / knocking them over... guess you're just used to where the alarm is at, like most of us.

Thanks for the great pics, and my best regards!
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Offline tell302man

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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #185 on: April 17, 2013, 05:40:58 PM »
It is the 102 in the front! No ringer box so no terrifying wake ups!

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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #186 on: April 17, 2013, 06:00:37 PM »
The wood one laying in the back corner does not look right. You need to get rid of it. Send it to me ;D
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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #187 on: April 17, 2013, 06:15:11 PM »
It is the 102 in the front! No ringer box so no terrifying wake ups!

That's why they made 684-BC subsets with no ringer.

The 701B Princess sets don't have ringers. They were usually installed with an E-1 ringer mounted on the baseboard. Some say that the original Princess sets used in field trials were called "Bedroom phones" and no ringer was provided, for the same reason you stated.
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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #188 on: April 18, 2013, 08:45:20 PM »
I think I will keep that wooden one! It is in good shape and I do have the potbelly stick version as well!

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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #189 on: April 20, 2013, 07:31:03 PM »
Get out...you have a Strowger 11 digit stick as well?

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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #190 on: April 20, 2013, 09:56:15 PM »
Yes I am telling you I am a phone hoarder and have been for years and years. I bought all of them I could for many years. I will take a pic and post if for ya! Here is a pic of me with it and two of my other favs.

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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #191 on: April 20, 2013, 10:04:07 PM »
Nice Hoarding! A Strowger and an A1. I had a lead on a Strowger stick but it didn't seem to be coming together so I sort of gave up. I keep thinking I should give it one more attempt.

I consider myself a hoarder as well since I rarely do much restoring but I have slowed down on the accumulating lately and hopefully I will work more on restoration of some and new homes for others in the near future.

Terry
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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #192 on: April 20, 2013, 10:04:13 PM »
Great shot, thanks for sharing!

Best regards!
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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #193 on: April 20, 2013, 10:07:06 PM »
Beautiful phones...the Strowger is amazing. I hope you will share the story.....Doug
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Re: How many of you actually use your antique phones?
« Reply #194 on: April 20, 2013, 10:10:57 PM »
I have slowed as well Terry. I also have found that good ones are getting hard to find and ebay is over priced. I have hundreds of 302s and 202s. I have 20 dial Western Electric sticks alone. I love them and can't even think about selling them.I would like to post a pic of my entire collection but it would take me two days just to get them all out  :o Don't give up on the Strowger! Thanks for the nice comments about the pic.