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Offline Duffy

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Help with this switchboard
« on: September 03, 2016, 11:58:57 AM »
I have a chance to buy this switchboard for $250.00 CDN, but It is a 4 1/2 hour drive one way to get it. What is it and is it worth it?
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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2016, 12:21:53 PM »
I don't recognize it, but the fact that there are single cords -- rather than cord pairs -- suggests that this may have been for a telephone answering service, rather than a PBX used to connect phones to each other and to outside trunks (lines).

As with all PBXs, it is always a good idea to see pictures of the back with the cover off. Many were gutted.

$75 would probably be too much.
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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2016, 01:03:39 PM »
He sent me a picture with the back off. Could this be out of a Motel/Hotel?
« Last Edit: September 03, 2016, 01:22:29 PM by Autonut »
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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2016, 01:35:26 PM »
Well it is a WE/NE 55x type unit.
The good news is that's its NOT a gutless wonder.  It is not a standard switchboard , looks like a answer only board.
The 1035 TT dial was added much later in its life. As for the price I'd go $125/$175.
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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2016, 01:58:12 PM »
I just got a reply back from him and this is what he said:

"I worked for Bell Canada for 31 years and acummulated a fair collection myself. This board came out of a local answering service about 25 years or so ago hope this helps you."

I added a couple more pictures he sent.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2016, 07:34:58 PM by Autonut »
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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2016, 08:42:15 PM »
I guess I going to be the new owner of this switchboard. He accepted my $200.00 CDN offer. He has also said the he has some other thing I may be interested in. He said he has a old intercom system that came out of a dry goods store 40 years ago. Who knows maybe that will come back with me as well.
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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2016, 11:37:32 PM »
As has been stated, it is not a switchboard, or a PBX. Its only use was to answer trunks and take messages. You won't be able to connect telephones to each other or make calls within your collection.

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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2016, 05:24:04 AM »
As has been stated, it is not a switchboard, or a PBX. Its only use was to answer trunks and take messages. You won't be able to connect telephones to each other or make calls within your collection.

That's ok, it will just be used as a display piece. Even lonely old answering service boards need a place to shine.   :)
« Last Edit: September 06, 2016, 06:08:39 AM by Autonut »
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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2016, 09:44:01 PM »
I picked up the answering service switchboard today. The owner also gave me a Northern Electric intercom system from an old dry goods store that was in downtown North Bay, Ontario, Canada before it closed. I'll post more about it in the Flea Market/Yard Sale/Antique Store Finds thread.
« Last Edit: September 05, 2016, 09:47:18 PM by Autonut »
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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2016, 05:10:34 AM »
I know a few people in North Bay, one of whom used to work for Ontera which got bought out by Bell, or Bell Aliant or some other confugulation of same-named but different company things... ;D

Don't think they'd know about that store though, they're not interested in vintage stuff...  :-\

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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2016, 07:56:59 PM »
I believe that the large opening in the key shelf might have held a calculagraph.

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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2016, 07:03:41 AM »
I believe that the large opening in the key shelf might have held a calculagraph.
No - think about it - it is an answering only board,. No toll calls outward. It is to hold the message card bin.
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Re: Help with this switchboard
« Reply #12 on: September 13, 2016, 07:14:37 PM »
Right you are.  I was thinking about some requirement to document the start and end times of incoming calls.