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The "Find of the YEAR for 2015" - Second Run-Off Poll    Vote for your ONE Favorite!

HarrySmith's painted Green AE 35 for $5 from Roger Conklin's collection at Maitland
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wds' American Electric Fluted Column Candlestick on eBay for $74.99 plus $12.30 shipping
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*** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« on: January 24, 2015, 12:05:40 PM »
It is time once again to vote for the VERY BEST "Find" from all of the "Find of the Month" winners through 2015.

Take a few minutes to go through the list below. John "TelePlay" has created one post per entrant along with the brief details, a link to the original nomination and the separate topic on CRPF if there was one, and has included one picture of each contestant. The pictures are from the Photobucket site that John maintains of all the "Find of the Month" winners as well as the winners of all of the "Auction Contests".

There are twelve contestants to choose from so lets do THREE VOTES EACH and see who wins the coveted (limited edition) "Find of the YEAR - 2015" trophy!

Everyone should be able to come up with three favorites here so please try to use all THREE of your votes. If you inadvertently vote for less than three contestants, click the "Remove Vote" button at the bottom left of poll and then place your THREE VOTES again.

Thanks John for taking the time to put yet another "Find of Year" contest together. Much appreciated!

Terry
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2015, 12:07:37 PM »
January 2015's "Winner":

HarrySmith's painted Green AE 35 for $5 from Roger Conklin's collection at Maitland

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=13371.msg141378#msg141378

HarrySmith posted this about it:

I would like to nominate my entire phone haul from Maitland but I realize I can only choose one. I had a tough time with making a choice. I was torn between the 1950 500 and the AE 35. Finally chose the AE 35 as I believe it is harder to find, at least here in the US. So, here it is my painted Green AE35. Picked up at Maitland from Roger Conklin's collection for $5.00. I will start a thread once I begin restoration.
« Last Edit: January 14, 2016, 08:12:50 PM by TelePlay »
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2015, 12:08:26 PM »
February 2015's "Winner":

wds' black AE34B Monophone for $30 plus $12 shipping on Etsy

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=13558.msg144494#msg144494

wds posted this about it:

I have a last minute entry.  Got this off of Etsy - $30 (plus $12 shipping) and it just arrived today.  Not a scratch on the phone.  Not sure if it's a AE34 with the wrong handset, or a AE34B with the correct handset.  Either way, great price.
« Last Edit: November 28, 2015, 09:47:53 PM by TelePlay »
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2015, 12:08:49 PM »
March 2015's "Winner":

TelePlay's 1965 black WE 10 button 1500 with Bakelite handset for $9.30 from Antique Store

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=13559.msg146566#msg146566

Teleplay posted this about it:

Since it will take me a few months to restore this phone before selling it, which falls under the rules, I'd like to nominate the 1965 black 1500 I found at an Antique Mall for a total cost of $9.30. It is both a unique (sort of rare) phone with a very good price. Still surprised I found it sitting on that shelf in the store.

It has the original handset and line cords and a G1 Bakelite handset. Most of the dates match. Other than dirt, there are no defects (cracks, chips, etc).


http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14020.msg146563#msg146563
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2015, 12:09:05 PM »
April 2015's "Winner":

Sargeguy's WECo 20-C candlestick with matching telescoping arm for $63 on eBay

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14077.msg148882#msg148882

Sargeguy posted this about it:

I'll nominate my Western Electric 20-C candlestick with matching telescoping arm.  While these vertically mounted candlesticks come up for sale reatively frequently, the arms themselves are very hard to find.  I have been looking for an arm for my 20-A since I purchased it a while ago.
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2015, 12:09:21 PM »
May 2015's "Winner":

LarryInMichigan's Mediterranean Blue WE 500 at a garage sale for $50

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14278.msg150093#msg150093

LarryInMichigan posted this about it:

I might as well nominate my Mediterranean Blue WE 500 which I got at a garage sale.
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2015, 12:09:35 PM »
June 2015's "Winner":

AdamAnt316's Western Electric 1953 ivory 305 from a friend for free

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14454.msg151580#msg151580

AdamAnt316 posted this about it:

Here's my big find of the month, an ivory Western Electric 305 which I got from a friend for free. I haven't removed the base to check for sure, but the base is type H4, and the switch is marked OFF-ON, which seems to correspond with the 305. The inside of the handset is dated 11-53. The only cracks I've been able to find are minor ones in the receiver and transmitter caps, and they don't go all the way through to the inside. The handset cord (original?) is frayed near where it enters the handset, and the line cord (apparently white cloth covered) has been cut where it enters the base. Other than the aforementioned cracks and cord issues, it looks to be in pretty good shape.
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2015, 12:09:53 PM »
July 2015's "Winner":

TelePlay's all original 1939 H1 302 with 1937 E1 handset and cloth cords for $33.11

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14591.msg151814#msg151814

TelePlay posted this about it:

Kind of nice in that I don't find that many phones worthy of being nominated. But this one is nice. Yes, it is as shiny as it looks in the photos and that is the way I found it in an antique store I was driving by in my work truck today. Paid a total of $33.11 for the phone plus sales tax. It's an all original 1939 H1 302 with a 1937 E1 handset and perfect cloth cords. Other than a few small paint chips on the ears, this looks like a NOS phone. The pictures at the below link show the phone in detail.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14624.0
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2015, 12:10:09 PM »
August 2015's "Winner":

Jf510's Pekin Red 302 that he found at an estate sale for $60

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14719.msg154223#msg154223

Jf510 posted this about it:

I just picked up this orange/red Western Electric phone and am stumped on how to remove the finger wheel so I can put a phone number or something blank in the center. I have never had a problem with removing a finger wheel. I know you rotate it clockwise until it stops then get a finger wheel removal tool or paper clip and push it in the hole and turn it a little more clockwise and off it comes but I can't get this one off doing it that way. I can't figure out what I am doing wrong. I don't want to break the finger wheel because I have no others. Your advice is appreciated. /i]

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14854.msg154115#msg154115
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2015, 12:10:24 PM »
September 2015's "Winner":

persido's Rose Beige 12/55 554 found in a local antique store for $5

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=14897.msg155912#msg155912

persido posted this about it:

I would like to nominate the rose beige  554 from 12/55, it was found in a local antique store.
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #10 on: January 24, 2015, 12:10:42 PM »
October 2015's "Winner":

zapper's 1955 Mahogany Brown Western Electric 500 on eBay for $25.99 plus $18.18 Shipping

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=15019.msg157009#msg157009

zapper posted this about it:

I will nominate my 1955 Mahogany Brown Western Electric telephone, purchased on eBay
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #11 on: January 24, 2015, 12:10:58 PM »
November 2015's "Winner":

Mr. Bones' II/47 WE191G on eBay for $307 + $29.12 Shipping

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=15125.msg158795#msg158795

Mr. Bones posted this about it:

Received another pay station telephone on 24NOV15 in the mail. It appears to be a II/47 191G, in as-removed condition, for the most part, although the fake vault door was present. I haven't delved around too much inside, but the interior seems to be complete. I haven't tried cycling any coins through the upper, at this point. My 10H/G master key opened the top just fine. There's lots of refurb dates on some of the components, adding to the story. It also has the 634A subset, and proper backer board.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=8582.msg158793#msg158793
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2015, 12:11:12 PM »
December 2015's "Winner":

wds' American Electric Fluted Column Candlestick on eBay for $74.99 plus $12.30 shipping

Here is the original Find if the Month nomination:
http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=15277.msg159413#msg159413

wds posted this about it:

I'm going to nominate my American Electric Fluted Column Candlestick.  $74.99 plus $12.30 shipping.  Quite a bargain at that price.  It's going out next week to get some new Nickel, then to my display case.
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2016, 09:33:32 PM »
It is that time of the year again! Time to study the twelve monthly winners from 2015 and vote for your three favorites!

Everyone should be able to come up with three favorites here so please try to use all THREE of your votes. If you inadvertently vote for less than three contestants, click the "Remove Vote" button at the bottom left of poll and then place your THREE VOTES again.

Thanks John for taking the time to put yet another "Find of Year" contest together. Much appreciated!

Good luck to all of the contestants!

Terry
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Re: *** The "Find of the YEAR" for 2015 ***
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2016, 12:03:27 AM »
Okay, it looks as though a Run-Off vote is in order to further narrow down the Find if the YEAR ultimate winner. It is always difficult to determine where to draw the line but there seemed to be a reasonable gap between the top four with 12, 11, 11 & 10 votes and the next highest number of votes at 7.

So, we need to start over with TWO votes each and just the top four Finds remaining to vote for.

Excellent job at using up all of your votes last round everyone! There were 28 voters and 83 total votes placed. That is just one voter who only used two votes and everyone else used all three of there votes!

Terry

Here is the results at the time we started the Run-Off Poll:
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