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Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« on: August 10, 2018, 01:19:07 PM »
I saw this listing and knew I was looking at a good piece.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/-/392091409283

Seller's Description:  "You are viewing an original Western Electric Gray paystation telephone,

painted white, could be original paint, 3-slot coin, with keys, does work when plugged in, very cool.

 as found in estate, has light wear,  overall good condition.

size: 19 inches."

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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 02:09:41 PM »
Edit - EBay fooled me again with “suggestion” in place of a sold item.  I may have noticed the bevel on the lower edge of the upper and the rivets above the coin return, but I would have missed the other stuff...  Nice find under lots of white paint!
« Last Edit: August 10, 2018, 05:12:39 PM by RotarDad »
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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 02:31:47 PM »
The north coming up on the page is not the phone,you have to click the link to see the what appears to be a white A/E. But its not. It is a Gray cast upper housing which is rare,it has a Gray Western Bottom and a real nice cast W/E Gray backboard. I bought the phone. Here is the best part. If you look very closely at the original pictures you will see a 12B lock in a early door. The key matches the lock and has patent dates on the back. That is not a A/E door as there is no circle around the door. It is W/E door with a 12B W/E lock. Good stuff out there if you look hard. 

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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 02:42:36 PM »
The north coming up on the page is not the phone,you have to click the link to see the what appears to be a white A/E. But its not.

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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2018, 04:45:58 PM »
I had seen that and noticed the back and the bottom housing. Did not catch the cast upper housing. Probably because the AE parts made me assume it was more of a project than I was willing to get wrapped up in right now. I thought the vault door and lock looked strange, that's my first time seeing that type of either. I am getting better at identifying payphone stuff. Glad it went to a good home. Is the switchhook Gray also?
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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018, 10:55:37 AM »
Switch hook is A/E but the upper is a cast Gray upper which is hard to come by,you can tell by the A/E long strip on the housing instead of the fingers.

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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2018, 02:06:51 PM »
Can someone add the other auction photos?

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Moderator Edit:  Here are half of them, the other half are in a post below - too many images to put into one topic (>6).
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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2018, 02:18:57 PM »
If you click on the listing link it takes you to what eBay considers a similar item. At the top it reads"the listing you are looking for has ended" the word "listing" is a link that will take you to the original auction with the pictures.
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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2018, 02:40:45 PM »
Harry that is great information!!!  I had missed not seeing auctions I was watching. You done good  ...Doug
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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2018, 03:03:39 PM »
I can do that, just can't figure out how to save them and to post the photos here. They are needed for future reference for anyone reading this topic after the ebay pictures expire. I have only an Amazon fire tablet right now.

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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2018, 03:57:12 PM »
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eBay images added by attaching them to poplar1's posts above, 4 in one post and 4 in the other (8 eBay listing photos in total).

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Re: Spotting a good payphone on ebay
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2018, 06:02:47 PM »
Thanks, John.
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