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Offline John S

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1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« on: December 04, 2013, 05:10:22 PM »
I am kind of surprised I won this phone.  Its a red soft plastic phone dated 1956.  All the dates match. Its a nice phone that will need some TLC.  I really thought it would have jumped up that last min. I put a bid on it, thinking I was not going to win.   I won it for 34.33 and 13.90 shipping.  The cord looks more black, but it does have a greyish look to it.  The cord is also dated 1956.  I am not sure if I will keep it or resell it. I have it in a bag because it smells like smoke..... Here is a link to it, not sure if it will work.

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John
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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2013, 05:11:17 PM »
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Offline JimH

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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2013, 05:12:30 PM »
Nice catch, John!  I saw this one too, but I'm a bit overloaded with projects.  Is that a black handset cord, or is it gray?

Jim
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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2013, 05:27:35 PM »
Jim,

Its looks more black...but has greyish tint to it.  The metal cord restraint is dated 56.  Did they ever use black on a soft plastic?  The cord is thick and coil are larger than usual.  Kind of odd. 

John

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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2013, 05:53:13 PM »
That was a great catch!

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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2013, 06:29:54 PM »
Jim,

Its looks more black...but has greyish tint to it.  The metal cord restraint is dated 56.  Did they ever use black on a soft plastic?  The cord is thick and coil are larger than usual.  Kind of odd. 

John
I have a straight handset cord that is probably the same color. Too black to be  called gray, but gray enough that it isn't black. Mine  is a long straight cord, probably not for  a 500 but maybe a 554.

ISTR that Vern P. said the info didn't jive with the known cord options offered on soft sets.
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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2013, 07:00:45 PM »
How can you guys tell the difference between soft and hard plastic??
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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2013, 07:16:16 PM »
How can you guys tell the difference between soft and hard plastic??
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The Smell Tells.
If it smells like vomit ( or expensive cheese) it is soft plastic and desirable by collectors (but not their spouses).
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 There is also a click test. If you click it with you fingernail hard plastic "sound" hard.
There is no Known BS documentation (as yet) but Soft plastics can be found on 300 type sets (black and color) and princess sets as well.
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Offline John S

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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2013, 07:24:55 PM »
Yes, this smells like foot cheese all the way............

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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2013, 07:35:19 PM »
John you can wash the housing, handset with a little bit dish-soap and warm water. this will remove the odor. ;)
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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2013, 07:36:57 PM »
Uh......thanks for that.

Unfortunately, my internet provider doesn't yet have a smell capability.

Any other way of telling visually? Or is it just certain sets are made of vomitene?

 ;D
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Offline WesternElectricBen

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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2013, 07:40:36 PM »
Well, if you look on the inside of the case and see a date like that (shown in his pic) than is's soft plastic, but if it is in a circle its hard plastic.

You could also do a tap test, is you have a newer phone that is 100% hard plastic, usually soft plastic has a lower tone than hard plastic. 

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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2013, 07:45:54 PM »
good trick Ben ;)
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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2013, 08:07:15 PM »
Nice buy John.  As far as knowing if it's soft plastic or not....the date tells the story.  One often needs more information than what is posted in the listing.  The housings are often changed on a phone with an early chassis date.  You can see in the photo of this one if you look closely at the inside edge of the housing that a date is stamped there.  It's always good to confirm that date with the seller to make sure.  There are other clues that it's an early phone...like the straight volume control lever and the 6 holes in the ear cap and the thicker/wider receiver hook.  Not to mention the dates that are shown.

That was a great price for this phone even if you have to replace the handset cord.

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Re: 1956 Red Soft Plastic Rotary Wall Phone eBay.....
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2013, 08:13:26 PM »
Thanks Dennis......

I have it in the basement.  The phone came from a smoker.  I have it in a bag trying to get the smoke out.  Once the smoke fades away, I will take it all apart.  The smoke smell really was intense.  Overall happy with the purchase...

John