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Offline TelePlay

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My first North Galion
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:07:21 PM »
Posting this because you never forget your first so am kind of proud and happy to have added this North Electric Galion to my collection.

A relative of the WE 302 (of which I probably have too many), I saw this sitting on eBay at $24 with just a few minutes left in the 7 day auction and only 2 bids. It looked to be in great shape so I out sniped someone at the end and took the phone home for $34 plus $13 shipping.

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eBay Description: "Very nice all original 1950's North Electric desk telephone manufactured by North Electric Mfg. Co. Galion Ohio.  The bakelite receiver and phone body have no cracks or chips and have the original line and handset cords.  The inside electrical components appear complete and original.  The dial spins nice and freely.  There is a partial sticker left on the center of the dial which I did not attempt to remove.  Please review all the pictures and feel free to ask any questions before bidding and I will answer them asap.  Thank you for looking & Good Luck :-) USA Buyers Only Please!"

The only disappointment was the base said St. Line Ringer when in fact it had a frequency ringer installed. This phone must have been sitting in good storage in someone's attic for decades.

The best part about it, besides it's condition, was the chrome finger wheel and number card holder. The phone came with a nasty round sticker on the outside of a yellowed and cracked acetate disk so all I had to do was throw in a new disk to display the original number card.

The dirtiest part was the handset cord. It had some sort of red dust inside the coils that did not respond well to a soap and water soaking. After trying a few other solvents, discovered that WD-40 cleaned it up real nice. Just used Novus 2 on the housing and a proven Bakelite restoration technique on the handset to restore the phone nicely. That number plate came looking like it was a NOS item.

The suede feet had what looked like gray paint on all four of them so the covers were replaced using a jig I had to make to handle North foot pads (they are not the same shape as a WE 302 foot pad).

The top photo is the "after" restoration shot and the photos below that are the "before" shots captured from the eBay auction.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2015, 08:07:25 PM by TelePlay »
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2014, 09:10:55 PM »
Good looking clean shiny phone.
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2014, 10:15:35 PM »
Nicely done, John!
 
I have always enjoyed working on the H-series.  In my opinion, they were among the most elegant looking of the bakelite sets
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2014, 10:30:34 PM »
awesome....
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2014, 10:59:16 PM »
Very nice phone! I've yet to come across the right one, at the right time, but do admire the elegant design!

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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2014, 11:22:21 PM »
There are several of these on eBay right now but none as nice as yours.
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2014, 12:42:13 AM »
Thanks for the compliments, everyone.

I forgot to put the dates in my first post. It seems to be a date matching phone built in September of 1950 with a few older items out of inventory.

Base (in black ink) 9-50
Hook switch (in black ink) 9-50
101A Coil (in black ink) III 50 I
Handset (in red ink) 9-50

AE Dial 3-49
Transmitter 5-49
Receiver 6-20-50
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2014, 09:34:19 AM »
Great find!

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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2015, 01:09:53 PM »
I am shopping for my first (and only) Galion phone.  Like most everyone here, I want a good deal without loads of work.  I am wondering how one tells if the dial is appropriate for the phone if it has a number card covering up the center.  Also, are parts available if I buy one without a dial center or a ringer etc.  What pitfalls should I watch out for?  I have already read Paul's site regarding the look-alikes.  I do most of my shopping on eBay.  (I have promised myself to never buy another phone off ebay if they don't post pictures of the interior.)
Thanks for the coaching,
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2015, 06:34:59 PM »
Tina...I have a beauty that a buyer did not pay and I am going to relist...Doug

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301691556998
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2015, 07:45:16 PM »
Tina...I have a beauty that a buyer did not pay and I am going to relist...Doug

http://www.ebay.com/itm/301691556998

That happens with new buyers, that's why I have my auctions set up not to accept bids form buyer with less than 3 feedback.
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2015, 07:47:44 PM »
That came out really nice John, looks new! What is the "proven bakelite restoration method" you used on the handset, if you don't mind me asking?
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2015, 07:51:13 PM »
Harry...I use the same bakelite restoration that I have used forever, fine steel wool with Brasso or Noxon. The Avon SSS, To be, it is bakelites best friend.....formerly John....now Doug  8)
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2015, 07:55:15 PM »
I know your method Doug! I was referring to John's post that opened this topic.
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Re: My first North Galion
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2015, 08:03:03 PM »
I know your method Doug! I was referring to John's post that opened this topic.

Harry,

I posted it here

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=12264.0

for posterity. It's a variation of Doug's method.
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