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Payphone Display
« on: February 04, 2016, 07:09:50 PM »
I have been collecting payphones for years and have wanted to be able to place them all at one place as one large display. I decided the best way was to build a building to house them all. Since I have property I had the space. The building has been built by the Amish I also had the building be off grid it is powered by solar cells. I have spent the last few months finishing the inside,i am now readdy to start mounting the phones. So here we go. This is the inside of the building.

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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2016, 07:14:36 PM »
All lighting is solar power, heat is propane and kerosene. I have spent a lot of time acquiring 148A backboards to mount the later telephones on. I also decided to mount strips of poplar attached to studs to support the weight and mange the amount of holes drilled.

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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2016, 07:17:41 PM »
A sign collection will also be added to this project as public telephone signs were where payphones were. Here you see the start of mounting the backboards.

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2016, 07:22:30 PM »
Lots of things to think about and consider, I mounted the backboards then realized they were to close together and that there was no room for switch hooks and handsets. So I took them down and moved them over.

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2016, 07:31:30 PM »
Now it was time to start to mount payphones, so what do I mount first, how do I categorize them,how to proceed? Sounds simple but it's not. You mount the backboards and strips, then what about phones with top signs? Did I build a big enough building? I am thinking I did not. So now I am mounting phones.

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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2016, 07:39:16 PM »
Its a good start Jim....I can't wait to see the finished room....Doug
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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2016, 08:10:55 PM »
Complete wall of 190 series payphones, I have discovered more since I finished this,but its a good start. Note the two 198G's at the end. Rare phones.

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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2016, 08:20:50 PM »
Incredible display, Jim!!! 8)

Please, keep us updated as you progress. I am already stupefied... Looking forward to more!

Best regards!
Sláinte!
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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2016, 02:51:21 PM »
I hope the spacing is the limit of any problems.  Nice display so far
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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2016, 09:19:00 AM »
The outside back of the cabin where the solar panels are located. This will also be the place where I put some outdoor phone booths at some point. I have already poured a slab and installed one.

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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2016, 09:24:01 AM »
I have been collecting payphones since 1987 and have them stored all over the place, in sheds and in a barn. It has been a adventure digging them out and remembering what I have. I was a payphone installer and installed and removed a lot of payphones,they are heavey and moving them wears you out. but at this point I have it down to a art. here are pictures of the ones I have dug out.

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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2016, 09:25:53 AM »
more phones

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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2016, 09:27:07 AM »
Do you have a switch or channel bank or something to operate them too?

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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2016, 09:38:53 AM »
I do not, as a installer I spent years making them work which involved everything from climbing the pole and hanging the drop,doing slabs, to CO card replacement. I also worked on all types such as prepay,postpay, dial tone first, coin first, smart phones all the AT&T public payphone products and payphone controllers. Today I own a company called Combined Public Communications which is mostly corrections public phones. Some payphones still, but mostly jail phones in ten states. I don't really have that much desire to make them work at this point but at some time in the future that may change. I spend all day now making phones work and have for 38 years. But that said one of the reasons that I am mounting the phones on the strips of wood out from the wall is I can easily install wire if I wish to in the future.   

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Re: Payphone Display
« Reply #14 on: February 06, 2016, 09:42:57 AM »
The phone on the left with the top sign is a 166G only one known to exist. I will show in dept pictures on some of these at a later date as this project progresses.