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Offline poplar1

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Brown 2500
« on: May 07, 2015, 12:53:38 PM »
I just bought this brown AT&T Technologies (WE) 2500MMG dated 1985. Hopefully, it's not painted.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181735105343

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Offline WEBellSystemChristian

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Re: Brown 2500
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2015, 12:58:35 PM »
Wow, very nice! Doesn't look painted, congrats!

I'm assuming that brown was still a non-standard color for WE 500s, 554s, 2500s, 2554s, etc. past 1983?
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Re: Brown 2500
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2015, 05:01:43 PM »
Brown may have been a standard color for Wisconsin Telephone Co./Wisconsin Bell.
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Re: Brown 2500
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2015, 01:11:52 PM »
It could use some cleaning.  This may be why you got it for $5.  It might get lighter in color when you clean it.  Just how much will depend on how dirty it is.  (I'm kidding!)

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Re: Brown 2500
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2015, 06:41:11 PM »
I wonder if the body plastic is the same as the later AT&T 2500s with the offset 12 button TT pad with the additional switches and buttons (16 holes in the faceplate - and uses the K1 series handset)?

If so, one could "frankenphone" a "classic" 2500 in brown (with the same faceplate used for beige - which this phone appears to have...)

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Re: Brown 2500
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2015, 08:06:55 PM »
This phones plastic is post Divestiture AT&T marked plastic. After the breakup all bet's were off with colors.
I've never seen a ABS WE that color in 500/2500. They did make a dark brown trimlines. They also made soft plastic in a very dark brown. 500 type and maybe others.
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