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Online HarrySmith

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How many date stamps?
« on: December 06, 2018, 06:07:04 PM »
Just saw this old 500 on  eBay. Originally from 1955 but has several stamps on it. It got me thinking, how many stamps have you found on a phone?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254015194100
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Offline Key2871

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Re: How many date stamps?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 09:33:13 PM »
Every time it's "refinished" it gets a stamp.
I've had a few like that myself.

Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: How many date stamps?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 10:13:44 PM »
I have seen phones less than 7 years between original date and last date  with up to 4 date stamps on the base including with original. these were  pre -1960 on all dates. I think at that point in time they tested the telephone when returned from service. I think the phones with lots of dates  were from high turn-over installations.
 I think the the stamp at that time was more of a "tested and meets current standards" sign off,  meaning  tested and  upgraded if needed.
On phones where the stamps have a 5+ year difference, I think those  date stamps are rebuilds .
My comments on this topic are  opinion/observation based. and are rule -of-thumb type statements.
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Offline RotarDad

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Re: How many date stamps?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 11:16:42 PM »
I think youíre right Jim about the Ď50s.  Iíve seen stamps like ďS1257Ē, which Iíve taken to be a service in December 1957 between installs. I had a Ď58 500 with a similar marking in Ď59.  In that case the phone was mostly original but the dial had been replaced with a 95B blank and the shell was mis-matched also.  These often donít have other refurb-center marks on the base.

Refurbs, on the other hand, often have lots of black brushed-on paint with the model number and/or date painted over, changed feet, and lots of replaced parts (have to say I just donít like those much..... 😉)

I think the forum had an informal contest once to see who could find a 500 base with the most refurb stamps.....
Paul