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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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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #120 on: March 31, 2010, 10:00:53 PM »
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #121 on: April 08, 2010, 11:40:22 PM »
It just hit me awhile ago, after posting the photo of my 500.  If it works, and it should, I will have the oldest working WE500 phone in the world. Where are the book of records people.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #122 on: April 08, 2010, 11:44:41 PM »
It just hit me awhile ago, after posting the photo of my 500.  If it works, and it should, I will have the oldest working WE500 phone in the world. Where are the book of records people.
D/P
 

If people don't beleive you, refer them to the thread and associated links, After they have read thru them and studied the info for a week or two, they will have to agree.
If the set doesn't work It is still the oldest known 500.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #123 on: April 09, 2010, 12:25:15 AM »
Jim;
Thanks to you, it looks the way it does. I haven't  used  Novus on the shell yet.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #124 on: April 09, 2010, 12:33:53 AM »
Jim;
Thanks to you, it looks the way it does. I haven't used Novus on the shell yet.
D/P
I noticed that (but only because I know the shell),
 It is a sweet shell and It is worthy of your set. I was worried you might use a 1983 mod shell w/ an off brand mousehole filler. I couldn't (in good conscience) let that happen.
Great job D/P,
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #125 on: April 10, 2010, 06:25:45 PM »
Here's an updated photo with the shell sanded and polished.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #126 on: April 11, 2010, 12:57:46 AM »
Wait!  That's not a 500.  It's a D-177001.  ;)  ::)
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #127 on: April 11, 2010, 02:26:32 PM »
Just maybe though, it's the oldest D177001....
But don't tell the Guinness People.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #128 on: April 13, 2010, 01:50:05 PM »
It's certainly the oldest D177001 we've seen!

Call in the Guinness folks.  Perhaps they'll help us find other sets to study.
(Or call in the other Guinness folks to supply beverages for the party!)
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #129 on: April 13, 2010, 02:19:00 PM »
My feeling is the same as Paul's.  If Dan's phone were to be registered with Guinness as the oldest 500/D177001, maybe we'd get people coming out of the woodwork with others of similar vintage or at the very least, a 1949 production model, which has now taken on the characteristics of being the missing link between the known 1950's and Dan's set.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #130 on: April 13, 2010, 03:43:29 PM »
You know maybe that isn't such a bad idea. Go public, with oldest know model 500 telephone set discovered. That should draw plenty trying to prove it wrong.
No Joke seriously.
Where would be the place to get the most hits on the web, and go on there and post.

"Collectors discover oldest know example of a Western Electric model 500 telephone. They claim none older still exists."
 
Then post photos.
Of course you know that would let the cat out of the bag, and no one will ever get another example anywhere near what I paid.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #131 on: April 13, 2010, 05:39:00 PM »
Dan, better put an electric fence around the house to secure that phone.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #132 on: April 13, 2010, 05:44:14 PM »
Yeah, D/P, I was thinking about what going public might do to the pricing on early 500's, but then again, there would probably be a lot of people still out of the loop who would be almost giving them away. 

The Guinness thing is definitely worth thinking over but I'm wondering if the subject item might be too esoteric for them.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #133 on: April 13, 2010, 08:03:04 PM »
Well it looked good on paper anyways.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #134 on: April 13, 2010, 09:44:38 PM »
I told my new phone buddy about it today.
He could appreciate the concept. A lot of those old phone guys don't.

He thought yours was a neat find. He remembered when they came out locally. It took him awhile to get used to the style. "they are the best designed phone".

He is wheelchair bound, so he finally embraced cordless technology. His heart is still for the old stuff.
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