Author Topic: Now the Story Can be Told - 1949 WECo 500 Set  (Read 238823 times)

Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #825 on: April 21, 2010, 01:16:24 PM »
D/P,

I expect that reason that no letters were associated with 1 had to do with exchange names.  Originally, phone numbers started with a two-digit exchange name like "JAckson".  Since no phone number could use a 1 in the first or second position, it would have been inappropriate to assign any letters to 1 (The same logic applies to 0).

The reason that' Q' was omitted was probably that there were only 8 digits for 26 (or 25) letters, so something had to be left out, and since no names used a 'Q' without a 'U', it made sense to omit 'Q'.

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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #826 on: April 21, 2010, 01:28:54 PM »
Larry;
What about Q-Tip... ::)
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #827 on: April 21, 2010, 03:05:07 PM »
Hope no one objects, I made one small change to the phone.

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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #828 on: April 21, 2010, 03:07:10 PM »
It's your phone -- you can have one clear plunger and one black one if you want -- and rotate the color combinations daily.  Have fun!
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #829 on: April 21, 2010, 03:28:35 PM »
Can I have some opinions on the Denise 'Neill photo.
firstly does anyone have a clear copy of the photo. By the time I screen capture from PDF, and copy and paste, It loses some.
Notice at #1, do the plungers appear to be flat topped.
Also at #2, the handset appears to have a very distinct Sharpe corner, at the ends, later examples seem very rounded at this point. Is this an early photo, or was it taken at the time of the article ?
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I've added a better closeup. Without a doubt, flat topped like the colored 302's.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #830 on: April 21, 2010, 03:39:37 PM »
D/P, it might just be the quality of the photo re: the way the handset looks.  Excepting for the fact that the receiver cap looks normal, the cap for the transmitter appears to have a ridge all the way around it where it meets up with the handset, as if it's oversized.  Maybe whatever is making the transmitter cap look weird is doing likewise with the handset spine.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #831 on: April 21, 2010, 07:54:41 PM »
I've modified a set of clear plungers to replicate the photo as close as possible.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #832 on: April 21, 2010, 10:00:37 PM »
Now all you need is a wild hair-do and a shirt with polka-dot cuffs and collar.

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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #833 on: April 21, 2010, 10:20:10 PM »
Now all you need is a wild hair-do and a shirt with polka-dot cuffs and collar.




Anyone have a polka dot cuffed shirt ?
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #834 on: April 21, 2010, 10:46:49 PM »
Good job on the clear plungers, it certainly is a documented feature.  And how exactly did you get them flat on top?

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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #835 on: April 22, 2010, 12:20:41 AM »
I ruined 1 plunger trying to turn it down in a lathe. they are made out of a plexiglas type material that is like Glass, as soon as the cutting tool touched it, pieces starting  flying off.
The next one I used my stationary belt sander, then sand papered it smooth, then Novus.
I had to bend the line switch levers up to get the same height as in the photo.
that slight bend also eliminated a problem, Every time I removed the shell, it caught on the horizontal levers. Now it doesn't.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #836 on: April 22, 2010, 12:21:50 AM »
is that realy you
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #837 on: April 22, 2010, 12:31:30 AM »
It was, the last time I looked in the mirror.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #838 on: April 22, 2010, 12:56:29 AM »
Kenny:

That is indeed D/P, after watching the snow fall early in the morning, pondering whether to work in his one-of-a-kind 1948 WE500 prototype, tinker with an 8T dial, or check if finlover is still in the forum. God Bless his soul; the man really knows how to multitask.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #839 on: April 22, 2010, 05:44:21 AM »
You do look deep in thought D/P.  I've seen pics of you before, but it still kind of puts me through a loop.  You look nothing like I picture while I read your posts (if that makes any sense) you look like a heck of a tough guy though!
I am a lineman for the county and I drive the main roads. Searchin' in the sun for another overload.  I hear you singin' in the wires, I can hear you through the whine, and the Witchita Lineman is still on the line.