Author Topic: Two-Tone Colored WECo 500 Telephones  (Read 34841 times)

Offline unbeldi

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Re: Two-Tone Colored WECo 500 Telephones
« Reply #165 on: July 30, 2015, 09:05:14 PM »
Is it possible that in 1953, the only "color" 500s were these two-tone ivory (-50A), green (-51A), gray (-52A) and red (-53A)?


Seems like a distinct possibility.
Swap in a new housing on top of those black sets and add that stamp (53A).
Prompto, there is a "color" phone, like a 10-minute oil change.

I still don't believe they actually installed any in 1953.  This is stamped Dec, so not likely that it got installed that month.
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Re: Two-Tone Colored WECo 500 Telephones
« Reply #166 on: July 31, 2015, 05:52:13 PM »
At the earliest, it probably got installed in January of 1954.

Offline Jim S.

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Re: Two-Tone Colored WECo 500 Telephones
« Reply #167 on: July 31, 2015, 08:39:35 PM »
After they were able to produce the full range of colored sets, they quit making two-tone sets. The 2-tones  were still offered but the installer was to order the proper color housing and swap it onto a black set and send the black housing back to the  storeroom (per a BSP).

So if all the dates on your 2-tone match (except for housing) there is a good chance it is official. I  suspect that the colored housing may have an earlier date stamp from the current black set. Current (date) colored housings probably ran off the line as complete colored phones, whereas a colored housing that was ordered probably came out of warehouse stock.


Just a few thoughts,
Jim S.
Early colored sets with black dials are NOT 2 tone, they were current production colored sets.
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