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Offline cloyd

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Switchboard to identify
« on: July 05, 2016, 05:07:00 PM »
We went to Centerville, Iowa over the weekend for a wedding and stayed at the Continental Hotel (built in 1893).  At the top of the stairs on the second floor is a switchboard and wooden phone booth.  I took some pictures for ogling but the light was low so please forgive the poor lighting.

I am not into switching but I would be interested to know what kind of switchboard it is.  I suppose phone booths had models numbers as well.

Tina Loyd
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Offline cloyd

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Re: Switchboard to identify
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2016, 05:07:41 PM »
A couple more pictures...
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Re: Switchboard to identify
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2016, 09:34:05 PM »
The instruction card states that it is a 551A or 551B.

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Re: Switchboard to identify
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2016, 02:28:16 AM »
Would be a WECo 551B I believe since it has two sections (left and right side) of jacks, lamps and designation strips. 551A had a single section only.

Terry

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Re: Switchboard to identify
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2016, 06:54:49 PM »
It would interesting to see the back. Most of these boards were eviscerated when taken out of service.  Usually the relay gate and wiring harness have been sold for scrap.