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Offline Jim Stettler

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A telephone treasure Map for 1949 WE 500 sets
« on: December 24, 2009, 01:44:48 PM »
How to Find a 1949 We 500 set
Locating  a 1949 set is just locating Gold. and, as they say "Gold is where you find it."

With this in mind you need to study the territory and try to determine the most likely location of the gold.

From Statistics we learn that the most likely recurrence is where there has been  a previous occurrence.

This leads me to believe that the most likely place to find a 49er is where 49ers have been.

If you check the available data, you will find a listing of some of the trial cities where 49'ers were stationed. ( hint Paul F. has some cities listed where trials took place, he also co authored an early 500 set article on the TCI newsletter. This article was less than 3 years ago)

This narrows your search by quite a bit.

The next step is to find out where the 49'ers hung out. I would guess the new neighborhoods, these would have been the up scale neighborhoods of 1949.County records and the library will help in this search. I would also concentrate on the newspaper archives. These trials were to be lowkey, but I suspect some of them were subtly announced.

As long as you are at the Library, you may as well check a crisscross directory like Cole's. Print out the names and addresses of the locals. Also print out the current occupants.

Look for long time owners and those with the same surnames. If the address is the same then they are a person of interest.
Contact these folks requesting info regarding old phones that they know of. Run a wanted ad on Craigslist requesting old black telephones. Include an example picture.

Your intro letter is up to you, however, it should be designed to incite some memories of the old timers,with luck your inquires will at least generate some remembrance of rumours.
Follow the rumours, they are your best lead..


When you find 1 you can probably buy it for less than $20.00. Buy it. After verification send the seller a $50.00 tip and thank them.

I expect to see the photos posted to the forum, before the end of 2010.
Jim S.




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« Last Edit: March 25, 2010, 02:06:58 AM by Jim S. »
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Re: A telephone treasure Map for 1949 WE 500 sets
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2009, 02:19:13 PM »
Jim;
In theory that should at least narrow the search down.
My guess though, most or all were returned for tear down and inspection.
D/P

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Re: A telephone treasure Map for 1949 WE 500 sets
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2009, 07:31:25 PM »
My guess is most were recovered . A few probably escaped. Of the ones that were turned in, a few more escaped. Another place to research is the town that the phones were returned to.
Jim S.

BTW the 600 set field trial I mentioned on an earlier post was probably in St. Louis. Paul's article mentioned a memo regarding a 600 set test in St Louis. I suspect that memo is where the info in my book came from.

In theory most of my clear phones and most of my swirl telephones don't exsist. but they do.

If you really want to find a 1949 set, it helps to beleive that you can.
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Re: A telephone treasure Map for 1949 WE 500 sets
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2009, 10:16:12 PM »
It seems like running a want ad on Craigslist would be a good start.
And if one showed a photo with the circular "operator" text on the early dials,
then sharp eyed folks may recognize it, correct?

Heath, oh educated one with an interest in a '49 500,
how might you word such an ad on Craiglist?
Maybe you wanna try running an ad yourself?
I'd be happy if anyone on the forum gets a '49 500.
I'm already happy with a '52.

And thanks, Jim S., for that good education in research methods. 8)
« Last Edit: December 26, 2009, 10:21:39 PM by HobieSport »
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Re: A telephone treasure Map for 1949 WE 500 sets
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2009, 10:24:35 PM »
d/p should get the '49, as it would be his birthday phone ;D
donna

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Re: A telephone treasure Map for 1949 WE 500 sets
« Reply #5 on: December 26, 2009, 10:26:27 PM »
Agreed, and I'd be just as pleased as punch if The Panther found a '49 500. 8)
« Last Edit: December 26, 2009, 10:29:27 PM by HobieSport »
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Re: A telephone treasure Map for 1949 WE 500 sets
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2010, 01:25:00 AM »
Here is the thread link for Dan/Panther's earliest known 500 set.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=2394.0
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Re: A telephone treasure Map for 1949 WE 500 sets
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2010, 02:01:59 AM »
Agreed, and I'd be just as pleased as punch if The Panther found a '49 500. 8)
So, Hobie,
I suspect you are pleased as Punch about now.
Jim
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