Author Topic: Anyone ever see one of these? Rotary & Push button Automatic Electric  (Read 835 times)

Offline Godfather367

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Hi all,
  Has anyone ever seen one of these? I can't imagine why one would need both rotary and touch tone. I'm thinking of bidding on it, just because it's different! lol.  Is this price too much?
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Offline Jack Ryan

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That is an AE 890 Data Retrieval Subset. It appears in catalogue TA-75.


Offline poplar1

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It could be used where a central office or PBX accepted only rotary dial pulses. You would make a call in the "usual manner" with the rotary dial, then use the pushbutton dial to enter account numbers, etc.

The Bell System used 1035 type dials mounted separately for the same purpose, called "end-to-end signaling." In 1970, the step-by-step 701 PBX at Rich's Department Store in Atlanta had 1035 dials added to many of the rotary phones (but the 211s and 302s had to go).
« Last Edit: June 02, 2015, 09:31:24 PM by poplar1 »
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Offline stub

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                    Go here and checkout mine -       Cheaper than mine was..  AE Cat. 1973 and 1975.

 Left click on pic 2 times and after that, left click one more time to enlarge  .  Nice phone!!! Good luck on bidding!!!  stub
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Offline paul-f

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As stub mentioned, there's a topic on these including a detailed dial photo and photos of how they were boxed for shipping from the factory.
Also, I went through a period of collecting AE set variations using the plastics from the 880 speakerphone.  Examples are shown here:
Has anyone run into other examples?
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