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Gray Telephone Pay Station Company patent has me wondering? wth?
« on: February 09, 2018, 06:03:05 PM »
Maybe someone smarter than I can tell me HOW this relates in ANY way whatsoever to a Telephone Pay Station? ? ? ?

Patent # 872678
Patent Date - December 3, 1907

Patent is listed in the 1912 Gray Catalog #22 as being owned by "The Gray Telephone Pay Station Company"

"Actuating Mechanism for Pneumatically Operated Musical Instruments"

I'm still scratching my head on this one! Anyone out there have a payphone that plays music pneumatically that they're not telling us about?

Tom Adams surely has one! ;-).
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Re: Gray Telephone Pay Station Company patent has me wondering? wth?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 08:11:16 PM »
Ray   ....  I think with all the excitement over at Gray, they made an error recording the correct number.    Try U.S. Patent No.  872628, issued on the exact same date as the other number.     Most likely somebody tasked with recording hand written patent numbers on a type writer to send to the printers mistook a hand written "2" for a "7".    At least that's my best guess and I'm sticking to it.

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Re: Gray Telephone Pay Station Company patent has me wondering? wth?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2018, 08:37:03 AM »
Ray   ....  I think with all the excitement over at Gray, they made an error recording the correct number.    Try U.S. Patent No.  872628, issued on the exact same date as the other number.     Most likely somebody tasked with recording hand written patent numbers on a type writer to send to the printers mistook a hand written "2" for a "7".    At least that's my best guess and I'm sticking to it.

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Thanks Jeff!

Man, I thought that I had tried all of the most common typos, and came up empty, but you got it! That makes much more sense!
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