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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 #225 on: February 26, 2013, 05:37:27 PM »
hi unbeldi,thankyou for your fast response. the coa claims that the phone was on the show.right now i am new to this forum and i have not figured out how to post photos yet. but i have a confession to make. the phone had a dial network that i needed on a phone that i was refurbishing and i took it out and put it in the refurbished phone and i have since sold it, i probably need 50 lashes with a wet noodle for doing that. i will have to figure out how to post photos and get back to you . thankyou

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« Reply #226 on: February 26, 2013, 07:11:25 PM »
maybe someone can answer this question. i purchased a 1958 black 500 from ebay that the seller claims that was a set prop on the andy griffith show. with the phone came a certificate of authenticity. is there a way to find out if this in fact authentic? the coa has the ellis prop company on it.

Weren't the phones on Andy Griffith non-dial ("Sarah, get me so-and-so")?


This is what I think they had:
In the police station, a candlestick phone with dial blank
In the kitchen, a non-dial wall phone with separate transmitter and receiver; maybe a non-dial 554 in the later shows?
In the living room, a 500C (non-dial).
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #227 on: February 26, 2013, 07:21:22 PM »
Ellis Prop Company is legit, I purchased a 1938 Philco table top radio that was COA, to have been used in the Motion Picture "Seabisquit".
I've watched the Movie many times, and never found my radio However.....
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« Reply #228 on: February 26, 2013, 08:29:49 PM »
Not unusual, Dan.  I have rented and sold phones to a number of film companies.  Well over half of the phones didn't make it into the final cut.  I suspect some never made it out of the box.  The prop plans were often changed by the time scenes were filmed.
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« Reply #229 on: February 27, 2013, 12:03:44 PM »
If you really read the way a COA is written, at least in my case, it says; "Used in the production of, "Seabisquit". Which means it was some place, on one of the sets, maybe, just being used by the crew. It didn't say it was used in the actual motion picture.
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« Reply #230 on: February 28, 2013, 10:01:18 AM »
 poplar 1 --As an Andy expert, they had dialless 500's in the living room .
When the show went to color in 1965, they switched to a BEAUTIFUL Oxford grey 554 in the kitchen .
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« Reply #231 on: February 28, 2013, 02:19:28 PM »
Even though I can't verify that the radio was in the Movie, "Seabisquit". I can verify this. In the Television series, "Adams Family", on the desk in the living room, is a Hobnail shaded lamp. I have that lamp here. Got a deal I think $130.00
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« Reply #232 on: February 28, 2013, 06:03:01 PM »
Dan,

Is it the exact same lamp from Adams Family?  You should post some photos.

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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #233 on: February 28, 2013, 06:38:06 PM »
Yes, it came from the set of the Television show, Adams Family.
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« Reply #234 on: February 28, 2013, 08:54:02 PM »
Yes, it came from the set of the Television show, Adams Family.
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« Reply #235 on: March 01, 2013, 03:00:34 PM »
Periodically I go through the Ebay movie memorabilia auctions.
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« Reply #236 on: April 29, 2013, 11:19:59 PM »
Update. I have three oldies

1. 11-49 Network WE500 rest of phone is 1950's. Small operator font

2. Arrived today 3-1950 with a 1949 g-1 handset. Curly operator font

3. 12-1950 pretty much matching dates. Small operator font.
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Re: Who Amongst Us Has The Oldest 500?
« Reply #237 on: April 30, 2013, 12:40:20 PM »
Where did you find those gems ? I would love to see photos of the 49 base.
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« Reply #238 on: April 30, 2013, 09:17:02 PM »
Where did you find those gems ? I would love to see photos of the 49 base.
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« Reply #239 on: April 30, 2013, 10:04:51 PM »
Where did you find those gems ? I would love to see photos of the 49 base.
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None of them has a 1949 base , look under auction finds for the 49 handset (10-49)

Got the 1949 network at a antique mall. I got the 12-1950 at a flea-tique show (same place I got my avatar phone). Any the curly operator 3-1950  was from ebay.
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