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Offline HarrySmith

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Interesting Label On NE Wood Phone.
« on: October 30, 2018, 05:47:48 PM »
Perusing eBay and I stumbled acrss this WE wood wall phone. The phone is nothing special but a label on the door caught my eye. Form 303, dated 4-17:

"TRANSMITTER CORDS SUPPLIED
DURING THE WAR MAY BE
DIFFERENT IN FINISH
AND COLOR FROM
THE STANDARD."

Interesting and new to me!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/123460306410
« Last Edit: October 30, 2018, 06:38:42 PM by TelePlay »
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Offline Ktownphoneco

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Re: Interesting Label On WE Wood Phone.
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2018, 06:12:24 PM »
Harry   .....    While I wouldn't say they are a common find, they do show up from time to time on Northern Electric sets made during that era.

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Re: Interesting Label On WE Wood Phone.
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2018, 06:25:38 PM »
This is a Northern Electric 1317, not Western Electric:

(1) N-317-H stamped in wood
(2) "Colour", not "color", in referenced label
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Re: Interesting Label On NE Wood Phone.
« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2018, 07:12:11 PM »
Good eye polar1 !     See, what'd I tell ya Harry ?    ;D

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Re: Interesting Label On NE Wood Phone.
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2018, 08:42:13 PM »
I stand corrected. I looked for a model number but could not find it. Thanks for the correction.
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Offline Ktownphoneco

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Re: Interesting Label On NE Wood Phone.
« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2018, 11:23:49 PM »
While on the subject of odd labels, attached is a scan of a card that was found in a Northern Electric N317 oak wall set.    I suspect that the sets probably left the factory with the cards in or on the sets, but  the telco's purchasing the sets would most likely remove the cards prior to the sets being installed in a subscriber's premises.    Click to enlarge.

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Re: Interesting Label On NE Wood Phone.
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2018, 08:28:27 PM »
Original listing says it was sold for 50 bucks free ship..... Someone got a steal. You don't see oak phones for less than 150 rarely at that.....

Amazing.

Offline CanadianGuy

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Re: Interesting Label On NE Wood Phone.
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2018, 11:13:29 PM »
attached is a scan of a card that was found in a Northern Electric N317 oak wall set.

I should've looked closer at the oak phone I saw 2 days ago while out on a repair. The lady retired from the phone company not too long ago. Her husband's father *and* stepmother also had long careers there. It turns out I used to talk to his wife daily, but never met her in person, so it was nice to put a face to the name.

Anyway, he showed me two of his father's old buttsets, and later took me into his shop. There, he pulled out the oak phone (also a 317 I believe,) a small test board of some sort, and two large gauges. I'll post pics in my thread of stuff I've seen while working.

I left my info with them, as he said he isn't very attached to these items, and would like to see them go to a museum. I told him I'd been in contact with the curator of the (private) MTS museum, but it's been a while--oh man, I just checked and he passed on October 22nd...sigh...there goes a lot of passion and wealth of information.

 I also wouldn't doubt that Bell might not care about the history these days, so maybe they've gotten rid of their collection. I'll try to make a point of stopping by that central office soon and take a peek. Maybe take some pics as well.

RIP Harry Mortimer :(