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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #675 on: June 03, 2016, 02:33:52 PM »
Here's another shot, this one of a 2500 on Becker's desk. Anyone know why there's a 2-piece faceplate on this one?
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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #676 on: June 03, 2016, 03:43:28 PM »
That looks like gaffers tape on either side of the keypad.  I'd bet it would be to cut the amount of reflection from the faceplate.
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« Reply #677 on: June 03, 2016, 03:49:08 PM »
It looks like some kind of black tape was put on the faceplate on either side to cut down glare. Maybe this was one of the shiny faceplates we covered in that thread a while back? I guess if they had painted it, the phone number would have been covered up. It was definitely a cheap and dirty job. Similar to what they do to cars to cut down the reflections.

I saw a 1965 Pontiac Tempest convertible on Gidget the other day that had black tape on the chrome on the door vent window and some of it was coming off. They opened the door and it probably caused a reflection, so someone came out with some "gaffer's tape" to the rescue. That's what they called it back when I had a year of Design and Production, right out of high school in the late 1970s. I see 19and41 called it the same thing.

And speaking of phones in TV, I was totally impressed this afternoon on Green Acres when Hooterville Telephone Company installed a candlestick in Oliver's law office and they actually used a subset on the wall. Since there was only the one phone, Lisa had to throw it across the room if it was for one of the lawyers.
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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #678 on: June 03, 2016, 04:12:53 PM »
Gaffer's tape= Duct tape of the lively arts.
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« Reply #679 on: June 03, 2016, 04:51:48 PM »
I used to use Krylon Dulling Spray to reduce reflections.  It never dried so you could clean it right off.
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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #680 on: June 03, 2016, 05:56:52 PM »
Ah, that makes sense. Somewhere I saw a field trial touch tone set with a faceplate that looked like that (maybe a TT single slot payphone conversion?), and that's what I was reminded of.
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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #681 on: June 03, 2016, 07:36:39 PM »
Gaffer's tape= Duct tape of the lively arts.

Several times more expensive than duct tape but stronger than duct tape (and tears better). Sticks to almost everything including a dusty surface and the adhesive does not leave any residue when removed, even after a considerable amount of time. Great stuff if you can afford it.
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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #682 on: June 03, 2016, 09:25:10 PM »
Looks like the faceplate was cracked in the lower left corner and they had to patch it up. Once they did they noticed it looked lopsided so they added a piece to the right side to balance it off.
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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #683 on: July 29, 2016, 02:51:22 PM »
MeTV has been showing the 1957 season of Perry Mason on late night.  They had a few scenes of his answering service calling him with an operator over one of these consoles, but with the Bell System medallion on top.
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« Reply #684 on: July 29, 2016, 03:34:53 PM »
MeTV has been showing the 1957 season of Perry Mason on late night.  They had a few scenes of his answering service calling him with an operator over one of these consoles, but with the Bell System medallion on top.

It is a WECo No. 507B Cordless PBX.

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« Reply #685 on: July 29, 2016, 03:57:53 PM »
That must've been quite a piece of set dressing at that time.  Wonder if product placement had anything to do with it?
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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #686 on: July 29, 2016, 06:11:26 PM »
Not likely that an answering service would have a 507B, at least not for answering calls for their customers. Rather, a 557B would be more likely.

The 507B has 5 trunks (central office lines) and 12 p.b.x. lines (extensions on the same premises).
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« Reply #687 on: July 29, 2016, 07:46:38 PM »
19and41, you read my mind. I was thinking about making a post on that same episode. That's a great Perry Mason episode and it's thought to be the pilot show of the series--the very first episode filmed. The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink, filmed in October, 1956. I think you're correct about there being product placement because no other episode I can recall has so many new Western Electric phones.

Besides the Cordless PBX, they have lots of soft plastic phones in that show too. We see color 500s in Perry's and Paul's bedrooms and on Paul's desk there are three different color 500 sets. The one they use is either brown or dark gray. It looks black, but it has a clear fingerwheel. Also on Della's desk is a dark beige 500 with gray cords. In one scene, the secretary in Paul's office uses the PBX to patch through a call on an outside line to Perry Mason at home. That may have been the reason for the PBX.

I finally found my Season 1 DVDs and here are some screen shots...

1. Paul Drake's office. Here is the 507B PBX. Paul's secretary is using it, along with what looks like a red 500 set.
2. A different view of the same setup.
3. Paul Drake at his desk with three soft plastic 500s. Brown (possibly), dark beige and red.
4. Della Street at her desk, on a dark beige 500 with gray cords.
5. Perry at home in bed next to a red 500 set.
6. Paul Drake at home in bed next to a red 500 set. This is a really nice shot of the side of the phone. Also, he and Perry have similar headboards, but Perry's looks to be velvet and Paul's is a plainer fabric.
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Re: The CRPF "Old Phones in Movies & TV" Compilation
« Reply #688 on: July 29, 2016, 08:22:39 PM »
Excellent shots!  I remember seeing those consoles in offices when I was little.  That program had so many things involved in its' production that are of interest of numerous forums that I frequent.  Phones, stereos automobiles and even clocks.  Almost like a time capsule.
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« Reply #689 on: July 29, 2016, 09:06:05 PM »
The Wiki I read about that episode mentioned that Perry was taking a taxicab everywhere. He hadn't yet gotten his black 1957 Ford Skyliner that he drove in the first several episodes. He also wore a hat and had a pinkie ring and they both disappeared soon afterward. Here is a link to that if anyone wants to know every single detail about Perry Mason...

http://www.perrymasontvseries.com/wiki/index.php/Main/HomePage

Below is another screen shot I made of the Rauland Amplicall on his desk. It was still shiny in this first episode. Later episodes have it dull, like they painted or refinished it to reduce glare. I agree that this show is a great slice of the 1950s and 60s and it had high production values. I love looking at the cars since I'm just as much of an old car nut as I am an old telephone nut. Those are the cars I grew up seeing and they will always be my favorites.

In one of the morning Perry Mason episodes recently, someone got into a 1959 Buick sedan and started it and drove off, and I started thinking about the accelerator pedal start on those cars. My uncle had one. You got to hear the actual starter noise too. Those sounds really take me back.
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