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Offline Kenny C

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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2010, 12:48:58 AM »
My newest 500 is a 1969 ITT
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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2010, 11:31:40 AM »
My newest 500 is an '80 ITT. A little off topic but I also have a Cortelco 554 from 1999.
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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #17 on: February 19, 2010, 05:03:02 PM »
I think my newest is a 1973 refurbished 500.  My newest untouched 500 would probably be a 1958.
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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2010, 09:39:06 PM »
Tee hee.... I don't have a new 500.  They're all old.  Like me.

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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2010, 01:24:30 AM »
Legend has it that the final 500s were made in Dec 2006 by Cortelco.  I've not found one, and have noticed that the only 21st century 500s I've seen were all made in July of 2003.  Perhaps they were made in batches, and the final batch was the July 03's.  

And Cortelco still makes a dial-less 500, in bright red only, at least that's what they claim on their website, I've never seen one. 

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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #20 on: February 20, 2010, 09:47:25 PM »
my newest is 1972
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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #21 on: February 21, 2010, 08:20:27 PM »
I'll have to dig it out and check the dates, but I have a beige 554 with the shell stamped AT&T. I don't recall the exact dates, but I believe the components were late '70s/early '80s.

I've also had a handful of fairly new ITT 500 sets, although I've not had anything new enough to have the new style ringer. One, I recall, had a green Walmart price tag still on the bottom. This same one was hardwired, but used a modular handset shell.

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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2010, 03:16:57 AM »
My newest is a manual style with a seperate touch tone keypad, dated 1987
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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2010, 05:01:21 PM »
I thought my PTI/Palco ivory was my "newest" well bits of it are - here'e the 3 500's I have:

Black - C/D 500 CONV, Network: 10/59 - Michigan Bell
Red - 500 DM 8/80, Network: 7/53 - So. Ne Eng**el Co (?)
Ivory - 69413, Network = 60 - New Brunswick Telecom

So I suppose the "newest" is the Ivory, but no date on it, then the refurb red Aug 1980, then my hard worked black set.

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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #24 on: October 27, 2010, 12:45:31 PM »
There has been plenty of discussion about old 500 sets, but I was wondering:  Just who among us has the latest WE 500, and when exactly did the last one roll off the production line?

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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #25 on: October 27, 2010, 01:25:23 PM »
Well,  due the decline in quality I have not actively collected newer sets.  The newest I have (forgive me) is not a rotary,  but a WE 2500MMGJ.  No dates anywhere but inside the case, 1986.

I have to say it is the poorest quality I have ever seen in WE/ATT equipment.  When I opened the set, unlike most other sets, it literally fell apart in my hands. The screws fell on the floor and the TT pad and spring fell.

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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #26 on: October 27, 2010, 02:18:58 PM »
WOW !! Russ  that phone is a work of art.
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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #27 on: October 27, 2010, 02:27:44 PM »
Latest dated WE 500 I have is a 65.  (That's not including 500 style phones made by SC or others from later dates).  I generally don't go beyond the 60s for any phone, because once they were reduced to just an appliance sold to the end user, the quality went to crap, as Russkirk pointed out.  In fact, I'm thinking of thinning out my herd of all the 70s stuff.
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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #28 on: October 27, 2010, 02:35:06 PM »
65?  I have phones in my collection made by Western Electric dated as late as 1979.  To my eyes, they still appear to be of high-quality Western Electric standards.

I agree when AT&T phone manufacturing went off-shore, the sets became worthless.  But that happened decades after 1965...
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Re: Who among us has the newest WE 500? And newer non-WE 500 types?
« Reply #29 on: October 27, 2010, 02:50:24 PM »
But, I'd seriously like to know the answer to the original question, too.

Russkirk's set looks like fun, but it's not a 500D.  It's an AT&T phone that was made in the style of a 500 set, and it's touch tone.

So, when was the actual last date a rotary phone was made in the US by Western Electric with the model number 500D?
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