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Find of the Month - July 2017    ** THREE VOTES EACH **

oldguy's WE Ivory 354 on Goodwill for $9.00 + $15.23 shipping
17 (24.3%)
NikeTelephone's WE 1964 Blue 10 Button 1500 on eBay for $102.50 with free shipping
5 (7.1%)
magicbrain's WE 1565HK 10 button 1/68 keyset on eBay for $19.50 + $9.09 shipping
11 (15.7%)
Pourme's SC 1197a on eBay for $50.00 plus $14.99 shipping
5 (7.1%)
WEBellSystemChristian's WE 1936 C1 with E1 handset and mounting bracket found at a flea market for $20
5 (7.1%)
ramegoom's WE 551A near all original switchboard from an estate sale for $200
13 (18.6%)
wds' WE "E" style desk phone on eBay for $159 plus $18.95 shipping
5 (7.1%)
Fabius' bronze Illinois Bell Telephone Company building sign with 1939 logo at the Shipshewana Indiana ATCA fall show for $90
9 (12.9%)

Total Members Voted: 28

Voting closed: September 06, 2017, 08:20:22 PM

Author Topic: Find of the Month - August 2017  (Read 1284 times)

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Find of the Month - August 2017
« on: August 04, 2017, 01:20:08 PM »
Post your "Find of the Month" here.

A "Find of the Month" is a telephone or a related item that you acquired during the month that you are particularly excited about either because of its rarity, the difficulty you had in trying to find it for your collection or the exceptional "deal" that you got on it.

The "Find of the Month" contest is focused on the collection of telephones rather than on their sale for a profit. To be eligible for the "Find of the Month" contest:

- The finder must have personally acquired and actually own the item.
- The item can be acquired for free but it can not be a gift or present from anyone.
- The item (or any of its components) cannot be put up for sale during the contest period.
- Only one "Find" per owner can be in a "Find of the Month" contest.


A Nomination Should Include:

1) where and/or how the item was found.
2) the price & shipping cost.
3) the forum link to the topic discussing the find.
4) the eBay link if won there.
5) and other information of importance about the find.
6) one or two pictures of the item.


Ideally your item would be posted in its own thread elsewhere on the forum such as "Auction Talk", "Flea Market/Yard Sale Finds" or "Collectors Corner" Board. Then you or anyone else can nominate your "Find" to the Current "Find of the Month" thread by posting at least one picture and other details including the price paid, any shipping costs and a link to the original discussion on the forum. It is not a requirement that your find be posted elsewhere on the forum but the more details the better.

Nominations of phones listed in other forum discussion topics, by members that do not own the item but realize it is indeed a "find" worthy of being nominated as a "Find of the Month" candidate, are always welcome.

Please pick your best "Find" to submit for the month limiting your entry to one phone or one "Find" that might include limited multiple items. If you have already entered for the month and come up with something even better either submit your new find indicating that it replaces your previous entry OR you can enter your new Find in next months contest.

To check out a list of all past winners including the Find of the YEAR winners, click here:
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TelePlay has grabbed pictures of all of the "Find of the Month" winners since we started this back in 2010 and he has put them into albums on forum. Thanks John.  To check them out, click here:
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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2017, 05:01:12 PM »
The 10th of August.....someone must have found something by now? Maybe everyone is on vacation like me.

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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2017, 10:44:54 PM »
Here ya go Terry. I won this ivory WE 354 on goodwill tonight for $9.00 + $15.23 shipping. I obviously haven't received it yet, but it looks ok. Will need lots of cleaning & some bleaching. I was thrilled with the price.
« Last Edit: August 10, 2017, 10:53:44 PM by oldguy »
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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2017, 03:47:17 AM »
     My Turn, won this 1964 10 Button aqua Blue on Ebay last night, haven't got it yet.. ill share more info once i get it in person, delivery Aug 16ish.. :)

     She is Here! and Pretty darn Original too! Love it!
 
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http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Retro-Bell-System-Western-Electric-Powder-Blue-Push-Button-Telephone/162615060478

?_trkparms=pageci%253Ac7f6d3cf-7c4c-11e7-af95-74dbd180c1d1%257Cparentrq%253Ac26ca83815d0abda4bda21e7fffd53c9%257Ciid%253A1&_trksid=p2481888.c100678.m3607
« Last Edit: August 18, 2017, 02:26:57 PM by NikeTelephone »
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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2017, 01:44:27 PM »
Even though Gary's Ivory WE 354 is going to be hard to beat - I will nominate my WE 1565HK 10 button keyset dated 1-68 with matching green line cord bought on ebay for $19.50 + $9.09 shipping for a total of $28.59.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/172807127430

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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 10:18:15 AM »
Only 6 more days to nominate your great find, or to nominate another member's great find, in the August Find of The Month contest.
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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2017, 10:34:14 AM »
I'll nominate my SC 1197a I got from EBAY.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=18735.0

Asking price was $99.00 I offered $50.00 and they accepted. It has the wrong transmitter mouth piece and band, I'm looking for a replacement. I don't see many of these and I had to have one.
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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2017, 07:25:43 PM »
I'll nominate my 1936 WE C1 that I found at a flea market for $20. It has the original mounting bracket and hardware, plus very nice paint and an E1 in great shape!

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=18671.0
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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2017, 12:05:40 AM »
Went to an estate sale in CO looking for an old phone, and got there late. Phones were all gone because it was the last day of the 3-day sale, and all that was left was a WE 551A switchboard. A bit of background, I know virtually nothing about phones and am not a collector, but it intrigued me as I remember playing with some equipment very similar when I was a kid-I lived near a switching station and the guys who ran the facility gave me a system that was inside an office building, loaded with relays and such. So anyway, there it was, looking absolutely beautiful and entirely complete. It had a $1000 price tag on it which I thought was outrageous. So I offered them $200 - they talked it over and said "yeah, sure, we don't want to move it again".

A full discussion of this cord board can be found at this link:  http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=18594.0

I was going to gut it and add electronics, LEDs etc., but on the extreme persuasion from others here on the forum, I decided to preserve it and work with what I have. My plans are to make it work as an interconnect for a few old phones in my game room, and so far, I believe I have accumulated enough parts to make it happen. The main cable, about 10 feet long, is still intact along with virtually every wire inside. It must have been in the guy's living room for years.

Here is the find. It's about as clean as they get as far as I can determine. Then as an added bonus, I found a perfect condition meter in it once I got the front lock unlocked. All it needed was a D cell and a 30V battery and works perfectly (not a speck of corrosion on the battery terminals!).
« Last Edit: August 28, 2017, 12:53:53 AM by TelePlay »

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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2017, 06:24:27 PM »
It's been a while since I nominated a phone, so I will nominate my E type Western Electric desk phone.  $159, but hasn't arrived yet.  It's been hard finding any information about this style phone.

Western Electric E type  (eBay listing)

A discussion of this phone is at this link:  http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=18793.0
« Last Edit: August 31, 2017, 09:25:23 PM by TelePlay »
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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2017, 10:14:54 PM »
It is an E-style "handset mounting" (not a telephone) that has been converted to a single-line handset mounting.  These retro-fittings often were done to re-use parts to fill the demand for single-line sets during shortages of equipment because of wars, etc. You can see what it looked like originally, by visiting the paul-f.com website and checking out the various types on the "handset mountings" page.
« Last Edit: August 28, 2017, 10:23:00 PM by Victor Laszlo »

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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2017, 10:22:19 PM »
How did you determine that it is an E-style telephone? I have not seen that style mentioned in the BSP's.

Good question. I remember seeing these on paul-f's website:   http://www.paul-f.com/weHandsetMountings.html#E5in

as a WE keyset with an "E" handset, but this nominated phone does not have keys, has room for them and same shape but no keys. I'm sure someone knows the full story.
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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #12 on: August 28, 2017, 10:24:30 PM »
TP:

I edited my entry (#10) as you were posting yours (#11). I had forgotten that the 205-type was actually called an E type. Sorry for the crossed message syndrome.

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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2017, 01:16:53 PM »
Last call for August nominations.
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Re: Find of the Month - August 2017
« Reply #14 on: August 29, 2017, 10:20:26 PM »
I nominate my bronze Illinois Bell Telephone Company building sign. 1939 Bell logo. $90 at the Shipshewana Indiana ATCA fall show.
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