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Offline Scott

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Portable Switchboard?? I don't know!
« on: February 10, 2020, 12:29:13 PM »
I acquired this recently. It was labeled portable switchboard. I checked the archives here and at TCI and the internet and didn't find anything, anywhere. My question is, is it what they say it is or something else? I appreciate your comments.

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Scott K.

Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Portable Switchboard?? I don't know!
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 02:37:39 PM »
I think something may be missing?

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Offline RB

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Re: Portable Switchboard?? I don't know!
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 03:06:00 PM »
That is a very nice nearly empty box.
with a relay, and a term block.
I doubt it was a switchboard, seems to shallow.'
But, who knows? specialized, to say the least.
maybe a test fixture?
had some paper slots, and a few small stuff boxes

Offline countryman

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Re: Portable Switchboard?? I don't know!
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2020, 03:52:05 PM »
That looks like a transport box for test equipment or laboratory instruments.

Offline 19and41

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Re: Portable Switchboard?? I don't know!
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2020, 05:56:33 PM »
Don't underestimate how much switchboard that can fit into a small box.  This is a complete Army switchboard that used one phone used as the control pack.

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Offline FABphones

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Re: Portable Switchboard?? I don't know!
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2020, 05:48:43 PM »
Have you tried contacting The Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph Museum and sending them a photo, they may be able to help.

Whatever it is, one thing we can guess at fairly accurately, is that at least seven of them existed.

Let us know your findings.
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Offline Scott

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Re: Portable Switchboard?? I don't know!
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2020, 08:04:11 PM »
Thanks for the responses everyone. Excellent suggestion FABphones, I had not thought of that. I will let everyone know what I find out. If anyone else has a thought please post it.

Regards,
Scott K.

Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Portable Switchboard?? I don't know!
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2020, 08:24:54 PM »
The box is pretty and it is hard to find things marked Mountain States Telephone.
I had a couple of metal subset-type boxes with that style of relay. I think they were marked 1A1 . Which could be 1A1 relays for a 1A1 KSU.
The strap may be for batteries.
Just guesses on my part,
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Offline Scott

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Re: Portable Switchboard?? I don't know!
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2020, 09:46:28 AM »
Thank you Jim. Still looking forward to meeting sometime.

Scott K.