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Offline WEBellSystemChristian

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Re: Salesman Samples, Promos and other Miniature Telephones
« Reply #105 on: September 23, 2017, 11:05:20 PM »
It seems that whoever actually created these for Bell had Light Beige confused. They made the mini Rose Beige sets (or at least Light Beige with white digits) well after solid center fingerwheels were used on full-sized 500s--they even come with mini solid fingerwheels, like the bottom right phone in the above picture.

It's possible that Bell gave the mini phone manufacturer the color samples of the new Pastel color line when it came out, but they must not have known that the new Beige had black letters, not white. They probably stopped making mini Rose Beige and started with Light Beige, but never changed the digit color appropriately.

I've also noticed that the minis actually changed from Tenite to ABS along with the 500s! That should be a good indicator of how old yours is! My Rose Beige mini has a solid fingerwheel and is ABS, but yours was probably made while Rose Beige was still in production.

EDIT: Also, I hate to burst your bubble, but that almost looks like Light Gray in yellowish light. The mini versions also used white letters, for whatever reason.
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Re: Salesman Samples, Promos and other Miniature Telephones
« Reply #106 on: September 30, 2017, 05:40:18 PM »
I got the mini 500 yesterday. Not even close to Rose Beige. It's Grey!
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Re: Salesman Samples, Promos and other Miniature Telephones
« Reply #107 on: September 30, 2017, 10:18:29 PM »
I got the mini 500 yesterday. Not even close to Rose Beige. It's Grey!
Yeah, I thought so. Sorry, Harry! :(

At least you can add it to your Light Gray mini 500 collection!
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Re: Salesman Samples, Promos and other Miniature Telephones
« Reply #108 on: October 02, 2017, 01:43:59 AM »
Ive got 5 so far in my Salesman Collection! :)
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Re: Salesman Samples, Promos and other Miniature Telephones
« Reply #109 on: October 08, 2017, 02:30:31 PM »
....and that's why you dry your phones on low-heat, to avoid shrinking!  ;D

Nice orange 500 NikeTelephone 
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Re: Salesman Samples, Promos and other Miniature Telephones
« Reply #110 on: March 30, 2018, 09:31:30 AM »
I just picked up a Brown mini. It is to commemorate New York Telephone, stamped on the handset. Dated April 19, 1956. Now I need 1 more color! Med Blue! Anyone?
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