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AE candlestick with Western Electric markings
« on: June 13, 2017, 07:34:08 PM »
Saw this on Ebay.  Seemed odd that a Automatic Electric candlestick would have a w.e stamp on it.
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Re: AE candlestick with Western Electric markings
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 07:43:53 PM »
Customer-owned AE 21 modified at Western Electric Service Center. Probably connected to a W.E 685A subset. Parts were company-owned and leased to the customer. B.S.R.S.= Bell System Repair Specs. (Still lookin' for any BSRS!)
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Re: AE candlestick with Western Electric markings
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 07:52:22 PM »
And with a WECo dial and what appears to be a WECo 635 rather than AE transmitter, electrically it's more WECo than AE, as a result of the Bell System conversion.  The date on the dial might be indicative.  Transmitter less likely but possible if very late.

Is the dial a true 6A or a 6AA mostly plastic dial?  A photo of the underside would tell.

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Re: AE candlestick with Western Electric markings
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 08:04:27 PM »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/282513072544

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Re: AE candlestick with Western Electric markings
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 08:38:46 PM »
Since the conversion was done in 1972, it's probably a few years too early to have a 6AA dial.

The purpose of the conversion was to make it roughly equivalent to a Western Electric 500D set -- so as not to harm the network or the phone co. personnel (or so they claimed).
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Re: AE candlestick with Western Electric markings
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 08:59:32 PM »
Since the conversion was done in 1972, it's probably a few years too early to have a 6AA dial.

The purpose of the conversion was to make it roughly equivalent to a Western Electric 500D set -- so as not to harm the network or the phone co. personnel (or so they claimed).
1972: Right, quite a bit too early for that.  Have not made it a point to make note of the dates on the ones I have but surely after 1972.  I'd guess they emerged in the 80s.

Network harm and risk to personnel: Ah but of course!