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What's your oldest mostly original 500?

I have a '49, but don't tell anyone.
1 (1%)
1950
9 (9.2%)
1951
11 (11.2%)
1952
20 (20.4%)
1953-1957
57 (58.2%)

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Offline McHeath

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #105 on: March 18, 2010, 11:11:54 PM »
My 51' has the same small lettering, and it was broken by the poor packing of the seller. :(  I glued it back together and all, but geesh they aren't making any more of them.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #106 on: March 24, 2010, 11:12:46 PM »
Shouldn't another catagory be added to this poll? I am thinking 1948.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #107 on: March 24, 2010, 11:21:16 PM »
Yeah, D/P blew the category wide open!!

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #108 on: March 24, 2010, 11:34:16 PM »
Yeah, D/P blew the category wide open!!
I would say D/P is the current title holder. I suspect he will keep the title for a long time.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #109 on: March 25, 2010, 12:22:57 AM »

"And feet as well, apparently."

Interestingly enough, the feet on this one are screwed on(in the 302 style) as opposed to being riveted on like on every other 500 set I've ever encountered.

This answers one of my questions.  A couple of years  ago I received a bag of various leather footpads.  Most were 302 screw-on, eight were Galions, seven were 500 rivet-on type and one had the shape of a 500 but was screw-on.

I did not think any 500's had screw-on leather footpads but this proves it did.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #110 on: March 25, 2010, 12:24:18 AM »

"And feet as well, apparently."

Interestingly enough, the feet on this one are screwed on(in the 302 style) as opposed to being riveted on like on every other 500 set I've ever encountered.

This answers one of my questions.  A couple of years  ago I received a bag of various leather footpads.  Most were 302 screw-on, eight were Galions, seven were 500 rivet-on type and one had the shape of a 500 but was screw-on.

I did not think any 500's had screw-on leather footpads but this proves it did.

Dennis   
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #111 on: March 25, 2010, 12:31:26 AM »

"And feet as well, apparently."

Interestingly enough, the feet on this one are screwed on(in the 302 style) as opposed to being riveted on like on every other 500 set I've ever encountered.

This answers one of my questions.  A couple of years  ago I received a bag of various leather footpads.  Most were 302 screw-on, eight were Galions, seven were 500 rivet-on type and one had the shape of a 500 but was screw-on.

I did not think any 500's had screw-on leather footpads but this proves it did.

Dennis   
Did WE date the feet?
Jim

I have never seen a date stamp of any type on a footpads or any of the internal plates.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #112 on: March 29, 2010, 08:07:02 PM »
I feel dumb now for passing tens of thousands of those black things and never bothering to date check.  Who knew 1950 was such a banner year?  Not me!  I once found a soft plastic 500 set, grey, but oh how I want the slate blue one or rose beige. 

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #113 on: March 30, 2010, 03:59:43 AM »
Yeah,  D/P needs to take the survey and claim his title.  I'm betting his is a '49 and not a '48 (based on the presence of bezel dots)  and that there will be no need to change anything on the survey itself.
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Offline Jim S.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #114 on: March 30, 2010, 04:22:39 AM »
Yeah,  D/P needs to take the survey and claim his title.  I'm betting his is a '49 and not a '48 (based on the presence of bezel dots)  and that there will be no need to change anything on the survey itself.

I think they added the "dots" before or during the 48 field trials. Something to keep in mind was that the 500 design was in the works for years before the '48 field trials. During this time a lot of different designs were tested for the various components.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #115 on: March 30, 2010, 04:23:49 AM »
Another catagory that could be added would be field trial 500 set.
D/P has that one.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #116 on: March 30, 2010, 10:53:35 PM »
I have to admit, at this point it does not qualify. It's only part of a phone.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #117 on: March 31, 2010, 01:11:51 PM »
Not for long D/P, not for long.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #118 on: March 31, 2010, 07:27:37 PM »
I have to admit, at this point it does not qualify. It's only part of a phone.

I think at this point the entire collecting community is probably willing to give you the title, despite the missing parts.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #119 on: March 31, 2010, 07:55:19 PM »
all hail the king! ;D
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