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Offline Adam

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eBay Fun Foto: Refurbisher Gone Wild with Snowflake Stamp
« on: January 22, 2011, 09:43:56 PM »
Just spotted on eBay:  I think someone at the 302 refurbisher lost control on this one...
« Last Edit: May 26, 2013, 11:22:04 AM by AE_Collector »
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Re: eBay Fun Foto: Refurbisher Gone Wild
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2011, 11:40:21 PM »
Those look like snowflakes. Maybe it was very cold that day. A form of stress release.
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Re: eBay Fun Foto: Refurbisher Gone Wild
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2011, 11:51:45 PM »
Did we ever establish what refurb those snow flakes belong to, I have on on 2 separate Illinois Bell phones.

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Re: eBay Fun Foto: Refurbisher Gone Wild
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2013, 12:09:39 PM »
The snowflakes indicate a phone refurbished by Hallmark House, AKA Black Panther Trading Co., of Springfield, Massachusetts. It may have been Ed, the owner's father, that got carried away with the stamps. 302s were his specialty.

Other refurbishers in the 70s included Bohnsack Equipment Co. (BECO) in Germantown, NY, Telephone Repair and Supply Co. in Chicago, Telephone Engineering Co. in Simpson, PA, Tele-Service in Kevil, KY and Surplus Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

I bought my first phone, an as-is Leich 90C, for $2.29 from Surplus Center in 1964. I never could get Hallmark House to answer my letters, so I visited them in 1972, bought a TN phone for $4.00, and Ed offered me a job. I worked there for a year or so.

Here is a 440 or 444 multi-line set that was converted to single line by BECO. One of the techs there told me they used to paint the color 302s black.


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Re: eBay Fun Foto: Refurbisher Gone Wild
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2013, 03:09:25 AM »
The snowflakes indicate a phone refurbished by Hallmark House, AKA Black Panther Trading Co., of Springfield, Massachusetts.

I prefer the snowflake stamp over the other one that's supposed to be a panther but looks more like a mule-stomped rodent.
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Re: eBay Fun Foto: Refurbisher Gone Wild
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2013, 06:09:17 AM »
The snowflakes indicate a phone refurbished by Hallmark House, AKA Black Panther Trading Co., of Springfield, Massachusetts.

I prefer the snowflake stamp over the other one that's supposed to be a panther but looks more like a mule-stomped rodent.
Me too. At least I can readily identify a snowflake. Sheesh! ;D

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