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1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« on: December 06, 2010, 03:21:37 PM »
Is this really a Western Electric dial as this auction claims?

http://tinyurl.com/2a3urr8

The pics do not show that it is marked Western Electric anywhere, and I've never seen a Western Electric dial that was not in the format 1234567890.  (This one is marked 9876543210).
« Last Edit: December 06, 2010, 03:24:18 PM by masstel »
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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2010, 03:34:28 PM »
I don't think Dan Golden would say it is Western Electric if it was not.

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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2010, 03:38:15 PM »
That is a pretty strange dial. I agree, Dan knows what he is talking about!
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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2010, 03:54:27 PM »
I recall reading an article about the early years of automatic exchanges which said that WE numbered their first dials the opposite way from Strowger/AE to be different.  They were sore that AE beat them to the automatic switching idea.  I would expect this dial to go for quite a large sum.

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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010, 05:11:35 PM »
My guess is the european Western Elctric dial for the 7A rotary automatic system that was primarily used in non North American CO's. It was able to handle backwards or forwards numbering and I recall the fingerwheel had the same layout, balanced evenly on each side from top dead centre. Is it a WE 7001 dial possibly? Where''s Roger Conklin when we need him?

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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2010, 06:48:16 PM »
I'm sure if someone posts it to the list Roger will speak up!
Or at least Steph!
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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2010, 06:57:21 PM »
Is this really a Western Electric dial as this auction claims?

http://tinyurl.com/2a3urr8

The pics do not show that it is marked Western Electric anywhere, and I've never seen a Western Electric dial that was not in the format 1234567890.  (This one is marked 9876543210).
That's why I asked if this dial looked familiar?? last week....Doug

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=3879.0
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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2010, 09:43:54 PM »
Terry is correct, it is a 7001 series dial. It was manufactured in Antwerp, Belgium by BTM (Bell Telephone Manufacturing Co.) This dial was used in Europe before any Bell System dials were used over here. With this dial the number plate revolves with the finger wheel when dialed.

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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2010, 10:46:09 PM »
So then... it's not *really* Western Electric.  It was the European Western Electric...
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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2010, 10:22:25 AM »
Is this really a Western Electric dial as this auction claims?

http://tinyurl.com/2a3urr8

The pics do not show that it is marked Western Electric anywhere, and I've never seen a Western Electric dial that was not in the format 1234567890.  (This one is marked 9876543210).
That's why I asked if this dial looked familiar?? last week....Doug

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=3879.0
This went for $735....Doug
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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2010, 12:49:42 PM »
This went for $735....Doug

Thanks for the update Doug. I wasn't following it. A pretty valuable phone with that dial in it!

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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2010, 04:15:08 PM »
Is this really a Western Electric dial as this auction claims?

http://tinyurl.com/2a3urr8

The pics do not show that it is marked Western Electric anywhere, and I've never seen a Western Electric dial that was not in the format 1234567890.  (This one is marked 9876543210).

Could you please check; is the last digit with a longer break than the others?
This was used in the very first automatic exchange in Oslo, with reverse dial.

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Re: 1918 Dial: Western Electric?
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2010, 08:06:21 PM »
I'm not sure exactly what you're asking.  Everything I know is at that included url.
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