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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 Doug Rose

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #180 on: December 08, 2010, 08:47:41 AM »
Those are outstanding. You be hearing from me soon!....Doug
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #181 on: December 13, 2010, 11:43:55 PM »
Bill, I think the plastic dial is appropriate for elmwood's phone, since it's a colored model.

Meanwhile that 3/53 base is very nice.  My 3/53 doesn't have the early C2-A ringer, and got round neoprene feet at some point.
Even though your 3/53 has adapter plates for a later dial, the feet are still original so I'm guessing the dial was replaced in the field.  That will be an easy phone to put back to its original look.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #182 on: December 23, 2010, 04:37:50 AM »
Mine apparently is too young to make the pole list, a pink 500, made on March 8, 1963. All original, except for someone cut off the last foot of the line cord, and a missing center cap on the dial. And someone cracked it when they pried it out, so Iíll have to replace that someday.  Seems the dialer is a little off-kilter. I use this one when I call my mom because she can hear me better on this phone than any of the others in the house.
I got this one for free, at the end of an estate sale when they said on the last day anything in the house and shed was free. It was buried under a pile of trash in the corner of the shed, black then, covered in grease and dirt. A scrubbing with some soft-scrub and a squirt of WD-40 in the dialer that barely moved, was all it took for it to work great and look presentable.
I brought home a few bags of free stuff from the 50ís and 60ís that day.

Some of my favorite TV shows back then were: 
The Beverly Hillbillies
Candid Camera
The Dick Van Dyke Show
What's My Line
The Ed Sullivan Show
Lassie
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
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Top ten hits in 63:
Sugar Shack
- Jimmy Gilmore & the Fireballs
He's So Fine
- The Chiffons
Dominique
- The Singing Nun
Hey Paula
- Paul & Paula
My Boyfriend's back
- The Angels
Blue Velvet
- Bobby Vinton
Sukiyaki
- Kyu Sakamoto
I Will Follow Him
- Little Peggy March
Fingertips - Pt. 2
- Little Stevie Wonder
Walk Like A Man
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #183 on: December 28, 2010, 09:50:56 PM »
The 5302 could also be a "Carrie Bradshaw Phone," as I caught a glimpse of it in the
"Sex and the City 2" film recently.  I guess during the series I never got a good enough look at it and had presumed it was a 500.
Ralph

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #184 on: January 29, 2011, 06:46:04 PM »
I don't have one as old as some of you guys, but I recently acquired my first WE 500. It's from 1960. Check it out:

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #185 on: January 29, 2011, 07:10:58 PM »
The first one? Please run away from the forum. This is a disease for which there is no cure.  ;) ;) ;)
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #186 on: January 29, 2011, 07:22:46 PM »
Welcome to the forum ;D
Please heed Jorges advice before it is too late ;) These things muliply like rabbitts ;)
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #187 on: January 31, 2011, 01:08:18 AM »
Welcome!  Is that the way you got it, or did you get it nice and shiny like that?  I need to spend some time getting my black phones nice and shiny.  I always get "shiny phone envy" when I see what can be done with them, besides collecting patine/dust.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #188 on: January 31, 2011, 04:28:50 PM »
Thanks guys. I won it on eBay and it wasn't like that at all. This is my first time with a telephone like that. I have no real idea what to, but I looked on this forum and others on how to clean it. I polished up the outside with mostly car products. I haven't cleaned the inside because I'm afraid I'll mess something up. It was missing the dial card retainer ring, so I got one on eBay also. These are the pics on the eBay listing:


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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #189 on: January 31, 2011, 04:53:11 PM »
You did a great job shining it up.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #190 on: February 10, 2011, 02:18:02 PM »
Crichton;
Save yourself while you have the time, and send your phones to me....
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #191 on: February 16, 2011, 05:13:19 AM »


I have a '52 that's all date-matched original except for the housing which is ITT as the original was damaged.  For some reason the dial on that one has a somewhat shrill sound compared to other #7 dials I've got around, that no amount of tweaking has managed to solve. 

BTW, I see all these folks posting their *birthdays* here.  Y'all need to know: when you post your birthday, you are giving away the farm to identity thieves.  It is trivially easy for a badguy to play Mr. Friendly and find out your name.   Name + birthdate = easy access to enough other things to make your life a living H---.

Seriously.  Don't post your B-day, directly or indirectly.  See also any common instructions for online safety and you'll see the same advice.   Sorry to be a party-pooper about this but it needs to be said.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #192 on: September 24, 2012, 09:49:30 PM »
I have one with all parts from 1954. my first phone too! got it a year ago for 5 dollars





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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #193 on: September 26, 2012, 02:01:03 AM »
Good deal xhausted!

Hey who voted that they have a 49er?  Did I miss something?  Is that you D/P and your 48er?

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #194 on: September 27, 2012, 12:29:31 AM »
McHeath;
Nope, as much as I wish it were mine.  I was born in 1949. I will stay with the older date, but would gladly swap, for a complete 1949.
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