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Offline LarryInMichigan

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I Bought a Heemaf Birthday Phone
« on: August 01, 2010, 12:20:36 PM »
I think that the seller picked a bad auction ending time for this one.  I have been wanting one of these, and finding one stamped the month that I was born, and for cheap, is a bonus.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370412418542

Larry

Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: I Bought a Heemaf Birthday Phone
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2010, 12:38:37 PM »
Larry:

Within driving distance to you, right?
Jorge

Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: I Bought a Heemaf Birthday Phone
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2010, 01:06:11 PM »
Jorge,

If the seller is in Lansing, MI, he/she is about 70 miles from here, but the location shown on ebay does not include the state, and there are a number of cities called Lansing around the country.

Larry

Offline teka-bb

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Re: I Bought a Heemaf Birthday Phone
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2010, 03:50:20 PM »

Hi Larry,

Nice phone  :) It's a HEEMAF Type 1955.

Here is the wiring diagram in case you need it:
http://www.telephonecollectors.info/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_details&gid=1134&Itemid=11

A bit of information about this model from the Dutch "Museum voor Communicatie" in The Hague (former Dutch PTT museum) :

"About Gerard Kiljan (1891-1968) the Dutch industrial designer: In the fifties, the Dutch PTT engaged him to design an integrated telephone in a functionalist style. It was manufactured by the HEEMAF factory in Hengelo (east of our country) and appeared on
the market in 1955.

The construction inside is similar as in the Ericsson 1951 and the Standard Electric model of 1954, and comply with the strict standards of the Dutch PTT, controlled by their laboratory in Leidschendam.

The Ericsson model was manufactured at the Dutch plant of Ericsson in Rijen in the south of the country. The Standard Electric telephones came from the BTMC plant in Antwerp (Belgium) and maybe also from the Dutch plant in The Hague.

Originally Gerard Kiljan was a graphic designer. In 1931 he designed also for PTT (at that time called : Rijkstelefoondienst) a series of stamps (subject: children) and a leaflet for the telephone company. In that time he was a teacher at the Royal Academy of Expressive Arts in The Hague and some years later in Rotterdam. He was strongly influenced by the principles of the design movement called : Nieuwe Zakelijkheid (New Objectivity). Contemporaries are the designers Henry Cahn and Piet Zwart.

Until the fifties Kiljan was not active as an industrial designer. He was more interested in photographic experiments. Kiljan's telephones (beside the table model there is also a wall model) have for some time now become coveted objects for collectors and design freaks."
Regards,

Remco, JKL Museum of Telephony Curator

JKL Museum of Telephony: http://jklmuseum.com/

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AKA "dialmaster", AKA"Doc Remco."

TCI Library: http://www.telephonecollectors.info/

The Dutch Online Telephone Museum: http://www.telefoonmuseum.com
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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: I Bought a Heemaf Birthday Phone
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2010, 05:29:22 PM »
Jorge was correct.  The seller is in Lansing, MI.  The package was shipped yesterday and arrived today.  The phone seems to be in very good condition but very dirty.

Larry