Author Topic: Now the Story Can be Told - 1949 WECo 500 Set  (Read 238859 times)

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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #915 on: May 11, 2010, 09:57:50 AM »
I believe there is ample evidence that about 4,000 units were installed beginning in 1949.  (Posted earlier in this thread and at http://www.paul-f.com/weproto.html#500)

The open questions are whether they were "pre-production" or "early production" sets, and what (if any) differences there were between the two.  It may take a while longer to find some sets or documentation from these categories to nail this down.

Also, it seems likely that production in Indianapolis started in earnest in mid-1950 -- probably after several delays.  I'm on the trail of info on other Chicago-area plants that may have been used for interim low volume production in 1949-50.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #916 on: May 11, 2010, 11:07:24 AM »
Congratulation on a great find! And kudos on a very nice restoration! I just joined this forum a short time ago and just today read this entire thread, AMAZING! I was one of the people who looked at that auction but I did not bid because I was thinking the last thing I need is another parts 500! Guess I should have looked closer!
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #917 on: May 11, 2010, 11:11:25 AM »
Hey, welcome to the forum, Harry, I think you will like it here!

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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #918 on: May 11, 2010, 11:26:27 AM »
Harry;
Welcome to our forum. A real great bunch gather here.
I looked at the phone, and something about it just intrigued me.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #919 on: May 13, 2010, 05:18:13 PM »
This BLR article may help in your early 500 sets research.

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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #920 on: May 13, 2010, 06:40:29 PM »
Ci;
Do you have any other documentation from the same era ?
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #921 on: May 13, 2010, 08:51:11 PM »
DP - Only BSPs, which I have scanned to the TCI Web site..

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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #922 on: May 13, 2010, 09:14:15 PM »
What are some of them about, or dates ?
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #923 on: June 14, 2010, 09:16:40 PM »
This cut-away view of a G handset is from "telephony" by E. I. Green, Bell Telephone laboratories 1957. It is a reprint from encyclopedia Britannica.

It is interesting because of the wiring channel and lack of acoustical barrier (cotton ball). I think this is the closest we have found to a G handset for D/P's phone.

Reading the captian, it states it is a cross section of a modern handset and shows a 1950 500 set.
Further research might yield results using "acoustical barrier".
Just a thought,
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #924 on: June 14, 2010, 09:40:13 PM »
Enlarging the photo, it appears the dial bezel on the "1950" 500 is the curved operator bezel.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #925 on: June 14, 2010, 10:19:31 PM »
The diagram is typical of G1 (bakelite) handsets. 

The cotton balls were needed for the G3 (plastic) handsets, as their thin wall construction left a large channel for sound to travel from the receiver to transmitter.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #926 on: June 14, 2010, 10:54:21 PM »
I was thinking all G's used the cotton balls. This handset looks like a wire channell vs a hollow handle. I suppose it is because it is G1?
Jim

Technically it is the proper style handset for Dan's phone. It just isn't the "find" I thought it was.
 For the record I think D/P's handset should be slightly different from a G1 as discussed before. (slightly thicker handset is my vote)
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #927 on: June 15, 2010, 12:57:19 AM »
Jim;
Interesting you should mention that, as like we discussed in another thread, I found a 1951 G1 handset that is Very much more beefy than the standard. I'm not sure if this is what you were referring to.
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #928 on: June 25, 2010, 01:28:25 PM »
Has anyone noticed or pointed out the difference between the finger stop support on the 48-500, and the 49-500 ?
The 48 only uses the fingerstop itself for support whereas the later versions use a beefed up support. I didn't notice that.
If someone else did notice I apologize for overlooking your post.

D/P
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Re: Now the Story Can be Told.
« Reply #929 on: June 25, 2010, 04:17:52 PM »
Not following you here D/P.  Both pics are of a 49'.