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Offline kleenax

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Anyone ever seen a dial attachment anything like this?
« on: April 03, 2019, 09:08:54 PM »
Anyone ever seen anything like this?

Doesn't look like it would (properly) fit on any other type of dial mount, and the layout is obviously made for a Western Electric dial.

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Offline rdelius

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Re: Anyone ever seen a dial attachment anything like this?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2019, 09:32:42 PM »
Appears  to be aftermarket and not sanctioned by Bell System

Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Anyone ever seen a dial attachment anything like this?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2019, 09:50:15 PM »
My guess is it is for folks with poor eyesight. WE made a lot stuff to help the handicapped. This could be an approved attachment, even if it wasn't made by Bell.
I think it is a neat item.
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Offline Russ Kirk

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Re: Anyone ever seen a dial attachment anything like this?
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2019, 09:59:12 PM »
I think it is a unique and attractive attachment. 
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Offline Ktownphoneco

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Re: Anyone ever seen a dial attachment anything like this?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2019, 10:22:13 PM »
Here's an add for the "gizmo" in an August 1949 issue of Popular Mechanics.   Click & double click to enlarge. 

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Re: Anyone ever seen a dial attachment anything like this?
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2019, 03:10:18 AM »
The UK had their versions too.
197F and 197L, photos below (courtesy of eBay).
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Re: Anyone ever seen a dial attachment anything like this?
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2019, 06:57:07 AM »
Strange the ad says fits all new square phones and is pictured on a 302. Yours is on a B mount, not square.
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Re: Anyone ever seen a dial attachment anything like this?
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2019, 01:58:05 PM »
It's an aftermarket upgrade to adapt numeric only dial, to alpha numeric dials.
strictly a visual aid.
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