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Offline Stormcrash

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Bought a GTE Fashion Plate on eBay
« on: November 13, 2018, 11:27:59 PM »
Came across it on eBay recently after happening to search fashion plate.  At $50 I probably overpaid for it, but I was curious having never seen a GTE/AE phone.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/GTE-Fashion-Plate-Pushbutton-Telephone-Expresso-Brown-13-Color-Facemats-/253882530867

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On the plus it wasn't the one the seller opened to photograph so the extra face mats are still sealed.  Also wow, I'd read about how cheap the 80e was but seeing, and feeling is believing.  This thing weighs as much as wet cardboard, and almost fees made out of it too. Having sat in a warehouse for years it looks quite nice though, only flaw is a bit of the plastic on the modular line jack chipped at some point over the decades.
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Offline Pourme

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Re: Bought a GTE Fashion Plate on eBay
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2018, 07:38:56 AM »
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Fashion Plate phones need a nice home, too.

That one is a excellent specimen....

Glad you added it to your collection!
Benny

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Re: Bought a GTE Fashion Plate on eBay
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2018, 12:35:32 PM »
You don't see these all that much! The rotary 80's and the starlites fill eBay most of the time. I had a few of the rotary versions of the phone you have here. Very light compared to their 60's counterparts! Great telephones that will last a lifetime - no doubt!

Offline Stormcrash

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Re: Bought a GTE Fashion Plate on eBay
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2018, 01:01:04 PM »
Thanks for moving this to the correct place. Tried to see how things were done on the forum but I guess I'm still a rookie  :D

I agree Benny that all phones deserve a nice happy home. And yeah, other than the mentioned chip on the gray modular jack it's in basically mint condition. It only had a little dust on it and none of the cords were even sticky like I've seen on other phones, though the bundled line cord is discolored and stiff. 

Partyline, you're definately right about seeing lots of rotaries on eBay, especially in discolored white that's turned more ivory. That's one reason I was happy this is a brown one, plus I think brown blends in nicer with a room over pure white

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Re: Bought a GTE Fashion Plate on eBay
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2018, 10:14:07 AM »
 that's a cool phone!

Now you made me want one!!