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Old french phone...any ideas?
« on: June 21, 2010, 11:09:22 AM »
Hi everybody, I bought a few telephones at auction here in England and one in particular has intrigued me as its quite unusual (for me anyhow, I do not know much about old phones, only that I like the look of them)

If anyone has any knowledge about such phones? Please could you respond, thanks in advance,

heres some pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/47211257@N07/sets/72157624194053077/

I have listed it on ebay here in England if anyone is interested, anyways thanks very much

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Re: Old french phone...any ideas?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2010, 01:38:45 PM »
Its referred to as a "crocodile phone" the french version has the ubiquitous mother-in-law watch receiver, the GPO ones don't AFAIK.

Theres a similar GPO version at Telephone Lines for a cool 89.
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Re: Old french phone...any ideas?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2010, 05:03:16 PM »
Thank You! Saw the one I am selling, didnt think I would have a hopes chance, again thanks  ;D

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Re: Old french phone...any ideas?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2010, 05:19:46 PM »
Hey, think I seen your listing.

Its an HES - House Exchange System.

http://www.britishtelephones.com/hes1.htm
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Re: Old french phone...any ideas?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2010, 05:30:37 PM »
It is a funky looking phone, I like it. It will attract some attention alongside "normal" phones. It is well worth keeping.
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Re: Old french phone...any ideas?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2010, 06:11:02 PM »
It didn't do so well on the "revolting phones" thread!
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Re: Old french phone...any ideas?
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2010, 06:20:12 PM »
It didn't do so well on the "revolting phones" thread!
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Re: Old french phone...any ideas?
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2010, 07:45:38 PM »
I'm running out of desk space Jim!  ;)
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2010, 07:50:57 PM »
I'm running out of desk space Jim!  ;)
Time for a tall bookcase.
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Re: Old french phone...any ideas?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2010, 10:43:03 PM »
That is some interesting phone. It looks like a keyset (as they are known in the US). However, I think it must have been used in a small factory or business, judging by all the names near the buttons.

Do you know if it needs a PBX to work?

Jorge

Re: Old french phone...any ideas?
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2010, 05:31:57 AM »
I really love the look of it. Really funky, I half expect Morpheus to be calling me up any second... ;)