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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 Dan

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #195 on: October 14, 2012, 10:19:08 PM »
Good deal xhausted!

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

I have a 49 network black 500

Search for the thread got a 49er for pictures
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #196 on: October 16, 2012, 12:00:16 AM »
I've seen those pictures of the 49er in the Seattle phone museum, very cool.  And having any 49 component is great as well.  Does a member of this forum have a mostly 49' dated 500?

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #197 on: December 30, 2012, 06:06:48 PM »
Can someone explain the difference between the reg 500 phones (of which I have a few) and the 500 DM and the 500 D2M? I have some of those too.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #198 on: December 30, 2012, 06:21:00 PM »
500D -- hardwired cords

500DM -- modular cords

500D2M -- Base only for component stocking (bottom plate and mounted components, including dial).  These were stocked in the truck and completed with plastics and handsets of the customer's choice at installation time.

More info on set marking can be found here:
  http://www.paul-f.com/we500typ.htm#Model
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #199 on: December 31, 2012, 09:53:43 PM »
500D -- hardwired cords

500DM -- modular cords

500D2M -- Base only for component stocking (bottom plate and mounted components, including dial).  These were stocked in the truck and completed with plastics and handsets of the customer's choice at installation time.

More info on set marking can be found here:
  http://www.paul-f.com/we500typ.htm#Model

Thanks Paul!
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #200 on: January 07, 2013, 10:30:20 AM »
My 500 say 3-54.  The handset is Bakelite and the body is plastic.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #201 on: January 07, 2013, 11:45:24 AM »
Is there a year or model of 500 that sort of represents the epitome of that design?

One that is early, but has the major network improvements, but not modular?

I sort of want one or two 500's, even though my preference is for earlier models, and I wonder which ones I should buy that sort of represent, if not actually the best, maybe the epitome.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #202 on: January 07, 2013, 01:35:25 PM »
Here is one from 5/52 but is has been reconditioned with modular cords.
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I have a similar beige one from 12-52.  All the inner workings are from 52, case from 65, dial 59.  I plan to "de-refurbish" it back to what it was originally, a black hard-wired 500.  Just need to find the parts for it.

http://s252.photobucket.com/albums/hh22/Brinybay/Telephones/52%20Beige%20mod/

Hmm, that one is no longer in my inventory, I think I sold it to Bill Guerts if I remember correctly.  My oldest now is a black 52-500, a $5 "moldy oldie" yard sale find.  I have a thread here somewhere, but here's the before/after pic.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #203 on: January 07, 2013, 02:09:38 PM »

Is there a year or model of 500 that sort of represents the epitome of that design?

One that is early, but has the major network improvements, but not modular?

I sort of want one or two 500's, even though my preference is for earlier models, and I wonder which ones I should buy that sort of represent, if not actually the best, maybe the epitome.


It's obviously a matter of personal preference.  For an iconic black set, my preference leans toward the direction you mentioned -- metal fingerwheel, leather feet, soft plastic and black plungers at a minimum.

If cost and time aren't issues, I'd add the very early pre-injection molded number plate,  straight cords and marked 500 (no suffix).

I'm still dreaming of finding a 1949 set.   ::)

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #204 on: January 07, 2013, 02:36:25 PM »
I'm still dreaming of finding a 1949 set.   ::)

Me too!  Gotta be some out there somewhere, at a yard sale nearby!
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #205 on: January 10, 2013, 04:11:21 PM »
Being that I was born in 1949, I too am still hoping for a 49'er. I would even consider a trade of my field test set for a 49'er.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #206 on: January 26, 2013, 10:39:04 AM »
Just bought a 11-51 off ebay. 'Buy it now' price was $14.95. Had only been listed for a few minutes (4 views). Could be junk but I wasn't going to pass it up at that price.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #207 on: January 26, 2013, 11:42:06 AM »
Just bought a 11-51 off ebay. 'Buy it now' price was $14.95. Had only been listed for a few minutes (4 views). Could be junk but I wasn't going to pass it up at that price.


zaphod1, that's a great find! My oldest one is an 8/53 from epay, at $16.04.

Enjoy your new treasure! ;D

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #208 on: January 26, 2013, 01:08:37 PM »
Nice find!Have you opened it up? Are all the dates matching? Can you post a link to the auction?
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #209 on: January 26, 2013, 03:33:24 PM »
Shipped today. Can't wait to open it up.

Here's the link. Paid $15.95 not $14.95 as noted above (got excited).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/321062288470
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