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Offline markosjal

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Odd old western electric line cord
« on: April 15, 2021, 03:59:12 AM »
I acquired a box of phone parts and among other things i found what appears to be a Western Electric line cord , but seems strange.

First side A appears to be for connecting to a 42a terminal (?) with a semi circular cable. Side B appears to be for connecting to the set but has a grommet and a screw hole.

Was curious as to the application of such a cord
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Offline Key2871

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Re: Odd old western electric line cord
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2021, 05:12:10 AM »
I've seen those before. It's old, as in 60s but not unusual to speak of. Back then things were made much better than the 70s, and on.
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Offline markosjal

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Re: Odd old western electric line cord
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2021, 03:43:16 PM »
I rememver the 42a terminal block side style it is the side that has the screw hole and the sheathed leads that I find odd
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Online Jim Stettler

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Re: Odd old western electric line cord
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2021, 06:04:40 PM »
I acquired a box of phone parts and among other things i found what appears to be a Western Electric line cord , but seems strange.

First side A appears to be for connecting to a 42a terminal (?) with a semi circular cable. Side B appears to be for connecting to the set but has a grommet and a screw hole.

Was curious as to the application of such a cord
The grommet and screw hole is for the 42A block side.

Some subscribers liked to move  their  500 set as they walked around the house and talked.
This  strain relief style was for this type of subscriber. I think they were only used on long cords. The 'fat' end on the telephone  side helps protect the line cord at that end.
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I had an Aunt that was this type of subscriber. She had a lot of cord issues until she had the Phone jack moved from the bedroom to the living room and added long cords.




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Re: Odd old western electric line cord
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2021, 06:10:48 PM »
Connection to 42A block is shown in Fig. 6 of BSP 461-602-100 Issue 1 in TCI library.

I seem to recall that the restraint at the other end was installed under the ringer screw in a 500 set.
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Offline markosjal

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Re: Odd old western electric line cord
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2021, 03:52:43 AM »
Connection to 42A block is shown in Fig. 6 of BSP 461-602-100 Issue 1 in TCI library.

I seem to recall that the restraint at the other end was installed under the ringer screw in a 500 set.

That is what I read in another thread here today ( screw on ringer) and it seems I have seen it long ago.
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Offline MMikeJBenN27

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Re: Odd old western electric line cord
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2021, 12:26:23 AM »
This is the type of cord - 25 feet - our phones have.

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