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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 #150 on: September 10, 2010, 10:27:19 PM »
I would almost guess that the night we had the conference call, that phone logged more air miles in one hour than it did in most of it's life. Considering we had calls from all over the world. So figuring miles of air travel per minute would add up to several thousand miles.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #151 on: September 10, 2010, 10:32:27 PM »
i was dialing from Parsons T.N.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #152 on: September 10, 2010, 10:34:43 PM »
closest route from Parsons T.N. to Anza C.A. is 1,859  :o
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #153 on: September 11, 2010, 01:39:25 AM »
Kenny;
That's 6,692,400 air miles for the hour we talked, at 1,859 miles per second, figuring it took a second to get from you to me.
Considering a phone back in 1948 probably only talked across town and occasionally long distance, I think we exceeded the total transmission miles of the phone maybe several times.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #154 on: September 11, 2010, 06:47:27 AM »
Air miles?  It sounds like you worked in the long distance billing department.   ;)
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #155 on: September 11, 2010, 12:38:57 PM »
Paul;
Actually just arm chair calculations, with no basis whatsoever in real fact.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #156 on: September 26, 2010, 11:26:17 AM »
I've got a 2/53, 7/53 and 7/54. It seems quite easy to find a 53, but very hard to find anything earlier.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #157 on: September 26, 2010, 11:37:23 AM »
I'm still seeking a 1950-500.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #158 on: September 26, 2010, 03:29:43 PM »
The 49' is in a phone museum in Seattle. 
Does said phone museum have any web presence?  A link perhaps?

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« Reply #159 on: September 26, 2010, 04:37:33 PM »
The 49' is in a phone museum in Seattle. 
Does said phone museum have any web presence?  A link perhaps?

An internet search for "seattle telephone museum" should lead you to the Museum of Communications.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #160 on: September 26, 2010, 06:42:28 PM »
Here is the link.

http://www.museumofcommunications.org/

The last three years of the Northwest Telephone Collector's Show, held in the Surrounding areas of Seattle, we visited the museum.  Some others on this forum have also been there, like Brinybay and ae_collector.

Two floors in a currently operating telco facility.  The upper floor is mostly about switching and teleptypes, with several kinds of central offices that all work, and a couple of test boards and other various switchboards.

The lower floor is the display area of many, many phones over the years and more switchboards, pbx's and a display of outside wiring.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #161 on: October 03, 2010, 02:14:00 PM »
500 C/D dated 8/54...internal dates matched except for the handset elements

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #162 on: October 03, 2010, 06:58:33 PM »
Got 1 very RARE 1954 Northern Electric SOFT Plastic 500 and 3 VERY RARE New-In-The Box 1954 Northern Electric NEVER USED SOFT Plastic 500's-very, very, rare. All 4 phones are black with a metal finger wheel.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #163 on: October 03, 2010, 07:57:37 PM »
Got 1 very RARE 1954 Northern Electric SOFT Plastic 500 and 3 VERY RARE New-In-The Box 1954 Northern Electric NEVER USED SOFT Plastic 500's-very, very, rare. All 4 phones are black with a metal finger wheel.

New in the box, never used 1954 NE 500?? Yes, that is rare. (...and justifies the number of times you used the word "very")

Can I have one? No need to be greedy and hoard 3 of them.   ;D

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #164 on: October 05, 2010, 03:20:23 AM »
My oldest 500: Almost!

Remember that 500 that I got from eBay today that I thought would be teal blue and turned out to be avocado green, and broken to boot?

Well, after stripping off the broken modular 500 shell, modular jacks and green 9C dial, guess what I was left with?  A really cool 500D base dated 3/53!

As you see from the pics below, unfortunately, the date on the base is partially obscured, but the network and ringer dates are also dated 3/53.

The base includes the very old style dial mounting bracket, and something I've never seen before, to allow the mounting of a newer style dial, a dial adapter plate which allows for dial alignment of the more modern dial with two little nibs near the mounting screws.

In addition, it has a paste-on label on the network, which I don't understand, because the markings printed below on the network itself are identical.

So, the thing was not a total loss!   :)
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