Author Topic: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award  (Read 21199 times)

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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #75 on: October 15, 2012, 03:46:35 PM »
I didn't think a W.E. dial would fit an AE40.  Seems to be too much stuff on the back of the W.E. dial.
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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #76 on: October 15, 2012, 07:26:15 PM »
I have never tried but an AE40 is fairly roomy at that point so I would think that it would fit.

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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #77 on: December 22, 2012, 11:39:35 PM »
We don't have a "Kludge" Topic...do we?? How about this one? Now it may not be badly done but seeing a Dial Phone that also has a Magneto usually spells "Kludge" for me. I think we talked about a similar phone on ebaY a month or two ago.

Any other good Kludge's out there that need to be in the spotlight?

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Vintage Automatic Electric Company Chicago Rotary Dial Wall Phone Telephone Wood

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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #78 on: December 23, 2012, 12:25:07 AM »
Terry,
         I didn't know they made a AE 40 in wood. :o Prototype ???
         I guess he had to loose the bar magnets to make room for the dial and induction coil. ;D  stub
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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #79 on: December 23, 2012, 12:28:41 AM »
AE 40 in wood was what I was thinking as well! Then throw in some plastic insulate wire and all that is missing are some tie wraps!

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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #80 on: December 23, 2012, 12:39:22 AM »

    "  Phone is very clean and no restoration has been done to decrease its value."
        Nice way to mount a dial!!!   stub
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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #81 on: December 23, 2012, 06:00:04 AM »
All that it's missing is a light bulb socket and lamp shade on top.

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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #82 on: December 23, 2012, 07:18:58 AM »
All that it's missing is a light bulb socket and lamp shade on top.

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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #83 on: December 24, 2012, 01:20:18 AM »
How about this one?  Really just a chopped wood wall phone: http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=7989.msg87689#msg87689
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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #84 on: December 24, 2012, 02:22:10 AM »
I own a pretty good one. 

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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #85 on: December 24, 2012, 11:04:52 AM »
That is one from October, November and December meeting the one a month frequency of this award. Now until I read newskeeto's post it hadn't occurred to me that Kludge and Frankenphone are likely one and the same.

Terry

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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #86 on: December 24, 2012, 01:43:38 PM »
I think you guys miss the point of the device, it's actually a very rare prototype, that AE was developing. When there was no longer a  need for the Crank and Magneto, AE figured that people would start to develop rather large left hands from holding the much heavier Receiver/Transmitter combination. So AE decided to attach an adjustable spring to the crank, so you could exercise your right hand and arm to match your left arm. The main flaw to the system was, the coffee cup and doodle pad were making up the difference in arm strength so it never caught on.
Very few remain, and are very rare. The spring was adjustable for greater tension.
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Re: FrankenPhones AKA the Kludge of the Month Award
« Reply #87 on: December 24, 2012, 05:22:33 PM »
Well AE wasn't overly well versed in Magneto phones since they grew out of the Strowger Automatic Exchange Company. I guess they had to experiment with Magneto's even on their dial phones!

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Re: Scarce phones on eBay
« Reply #88 on: February 10, 2013, 11:50:12 AM »
I'm new to collecting and occasionally something shows up on ebay that's baffling. Anyone know what this is? Listing number is 390540112317.

I didn't really think much of it until somebody with 2,400+ feedback bid on it.

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Re: Scarce phones on eBay
« Reply #89 on: February 10, 2013, 12:11:14 PM »
It looks like a Frankenphone to me, so your first instinct was correct. It's a WE or ITT 500 with an AE SpaceMaker swivel dial grafted onto it. The handset cord is plugged into the jack for the mounting cord. It would be good for parts if you needed a SpaceMaker dial. Quite an odd looking phone.

In case you haven't heard the term, a Frankenphone is something that's assembled from various and sundry parts that weren't meant to be together. Like the doctor who built the monster of the same name.
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