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Offline Sargeguy

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American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« on: July 20, 2018, 09:43:09 AM »
Someone sent me a picture on this item asking for more information.  I said "let me get back to you".
They made phones 1907-1911 and were located located in Urbana Ill.
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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2018, 11:25:17 AM »
...HUH...??? :o
That's different...

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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 11:54:30 AM »
I used to be located in Urbana, IL (and I was delighted to leave it).

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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2018, 12:04:40 PM »
I don't know what it is but I will take it! Looks very cool!
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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 12:20:29 PM »
Have a look at this link from the "JKL Museum" .    They have a similar dial on display, and a video on it's operation.   Scroll down to the middle of the page.

Link:  http://jklmuseum.com/tag/telephone/

Enjoy the rest of the day.

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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2018, 04:23:54 PM »
That's very interesting. First time I saw it, I couldn't figure out how it would work. But ingenious how it works, kinda like a toy dial I saw on a toy phone once.
I for one would be interested to find out what it was used on/in.
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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2018, 04:48:42 PM »
Here's a photo of the one that I used to have. Honestly found it one day in a super-dirty antique shop where the owner actually KICKED this little dial across the floor before I rescued it! I thought it was a beer-can at first when he kicked it! Gave him $5.00 for it, and many  years later, as I had it on display at a phone show, someone offered me $500 for it......sooooo.....it's gone :-(

Never could find a photo of it mounted to a telephone, and mine was missing the "can" on the bottom too.
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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2018, 04:52:15 PM »
Have a look at this link from the "JKL Museum" .    They have a similar dial on display, and a video on it's operation.   Scroll down to the middle of the page.

Link:  http://jklmuseum.com/tag/telephone/

Enjoy the rest of the day.

Jeff Lamb


Sounds just a "teeny bit" faster than 10pps in that video!  ;-)
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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2018, 05:14:21 PM »
It is probably for sale, PM me if interested.
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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2018, 06:07:39 PM »
From $5, to $500, that's quite a tidy profit.
What was this dial used in/on? When I first saw it, I thought operators board, or some type of deal like that.
I was in an antique shop once, saw a push button deal, later found out it was a tone pad for a cord board. When I went back to look at it again, the whole building had burned to the ground. I was in shock, all those antique phones and other things... Gone.
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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2018, 07:48:08 PM »
Several of "fiddleback" or wall sets surfaced years ago possibly at the Odie Meyhew sale in Va .They were  converted to manual sets and the dial holes were plugged .

Phoneco might have bought them and refurbihed and sold them

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Re: American Automatic Telephone "dial"
« Reply #11 on: July 20, 2018, 08:17:08 PM »
Stanley Swihart documented this dial in his 2010 book, Telephone Dials and Pushbuttons. A photo is on Volume 2, page 9-3. (Apparently it is literally this dial, as there is a chip on the 2 key and the 3 cap is missing. See below.)

He doesn't present much detail, but it is in a section with similar dials made by Mix and Genest (ca. 1913) and by Ericsson.
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