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Offline Jim Stettler

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Indigo 302
« on: April 25, 2010, 10:19:12 PM »
I can't find the thread where i mentioned Inigo 302's.
However here is the posting I found it in.

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I have a friend that has a lot of wonderful art-deco things, among  
them is a  Black Thermoplastic WE 302 with matching numbers.  He  
showed it to an old old time phone guy that used to set up every  
weekend at the local flea market --  until his van, with all his  
phones, got stolen.  My friend showed him the Black 302 -- he got it  
at a garage sale and after he  cleaned it up at home, he realized  
that it was dead mint.  Like, it had never been used.  So he took it  
to the phone guy to look it over.  He just stood there... he looked  
kinda weird....

He told him something very interesting:  After looking at the black  
thermoplastic 302, he took out a pocket knife, shaved off a little  
piece off the bottom edge, and held it up to the light:  it was blue.

He said the rarest of the 302s are black thermoplastic ones that were  
made for a very brief period during WWII, when they ran out of carbon  
(for coloring) they used indigo to make black.

He said finding an Indigo black thermo in mint condition is the  
rarest of them all.
Here is a reply to my questions.
Jim -- this is what he said when he opened it:

Steve, it looks like a black 302... but like i said, shave off a piece and it is gorgeous deep indigo blue translucent...

Chet Advent, the phone guy, knew what he was looking for... he stared at this thing for a good 3 minutes ... and then slowly took out his pocket knife and without asking me sliced off a piece... and it surely was translucent blue.

im gonna hold it up to a bright light and see if i can see blue.

Okay.  I took the shell off.  held it up to bright light... and... you can't see any light thru it.  BUT, you can see a gorgeous razor line of bright blue indigo around the bottom edge, clear as day.



So I guess you can see the indigo on the edges of the housing in a strong light.
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Offline Brinybay

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Re: Indigo 302
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2010, 01:31:59 AM »
Did he ever recover his van and any of his phones?
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Offline Doug Rose

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Re: Indigo 302
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2010, 12:37:45 PM »
Jim...your friend just let this guy just cut a piece off of a rare phone? I don't think I would have been that understanding. What happens when you buff this Indigo phone, does it shine up to to match the cut? Sounds like an interesting phone. Are there pictures available......Doug