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Offline JorgeAmely

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Re: Is this a rare dial???
« Reply #30 on: November 05, 2011, 06:19:34 PM »
Broken as in missing the rubber insulator?
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Offline GG

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Re: Is this a rare dial???
« Reply #31 on: November 05, 2011, 06:27:02 PM »

I was guessing $2,200. would be the final price.  Wrong-o! 

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"Not me, heh, I'm invested in old Western Electric stock..."

"Huh?  I thought they went out of business decades ago?"

"Precisely.  Stock, you know, in the stockroom!  A whole garage full of old Western Electric telephones and parts!  The value of some of it went up 50% in three years!"

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Offline rdelius

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Re: Is this a rare dial???
« Reply #32 on: November 05, 2011, 09:01:05 PM »
Broken such as snapped off
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Offline Brinybay

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Re: Is this a rare dial???
« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2011, 01:22:10 PM »
Hi Gary-  For the record, I have a warped sense of humor, and so does Dave F ...

Two guys after my own heart!  Much of my humor would get me booted before you could dial 1!
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Offline Brinybay

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Re: Is this a rare dial???
« Reply #34 on: November 06, 2011, 01:24:57 PM »
My first posting on this Forum:

Yes, the #1 dial is a rare dial.  I know of 14 of them in the hands of collectors at this time and I have a photo or two of most of them.  I also know there are basically three types and the types differ by the number of springs in the pileup and the wiring and function of each of the terminals.  The last known eBay sale of one of these dials was very high.

Though my initials are GG, I am not the person who contacted the seller, but I did contact the seller after he had already learned that the dial was valuable.  He was quite sure it was considering where he got it, but didn't know for sure.  I am always happy when someone does something that causes the seller to let the auction go to the end so that ALL OF US have a chance to win an item.  When I wrote to the seller, I confirmed that he had a rare dial.  Mine by the way is of the same type, D8083, with four springs in the pileup.  According to an expert on these matters, this particular configuration of dial was most likely used on switchboards that were converted from manual to automatic.  This particular dial would not have been used on a deskstand as there are not enough circuits for the receiver and the transmitter, etc.  One of the other configurations of this dial had a pileup with five springs and is wired like the #2 dials found mostly on W.E. deskstands.

By the way, if anyone is looking for an identical copy of the dial center on a #1 dial, I have some that are on photo film and look like the real thing.  They are $5 each to your door.

Gary Goff

PS:  For the writer who mentioned the 7001 dial:  This is purported to be the first dial designed by Western Electric, but perhaps not patented.  In any event, it was not the dial that Western E. and the Bell System adopted for use, and as a result was sent to Western Electric in Belgium where it became the 7001 and was used extensively in Europe.  There were many iterations of it before it was retired so to speak.  I would love to acquire a BTMC deskstand with one of these dials.  I think that many collectors in the UK may own one.

Welcome Gary!  When the other "GG" first joined, I thought he was you, but he quickly corrected that.  FYI, "GG" are my initials also.

Greg G.
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Re: Is this a rare dial???
« Reply #35 on: November 06, 2011, 01:39:39 PM »
Hi Gary-  For the record, I have a warped sense of humor, and so does Dave F ...

Two guys after my own heart!  Much of my humor would get me booted before you could dial 1!
Yes, it's a constant challenge to keep it all "family appropriate".  Anything we post here will remain available in cyberspace for all time, and it's easy to forget that what we say today could come back to haunt us later.

To heck with that -- I think I'll just go and listen to the rousing music of my Kohler Wellworth in action.  That's a song that could be a million-seller.  Could even go platinum, ya think?

Offline GG

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Re: Is this a rare dial???
« Reply #36 on: November 07, 2011, 02:49:50 AM »


I also definitely prefer keeping it G-rated around here.  Mild naughtiness is OK, for example mild bathroom jokes, or mentioning a certain comedy duo from the late 60s - early 70s but not going into the subject manner of their humor.  Gary also said he was pleased about the lack of cusswords around here too.  (The one exception I can recall, being a posting from someone who received a smashed phone in the mail, and yeah most of us who've had that experience uttered the same word at that point.  Those words work best when they are that rare.)

There's something really cool about a "keep it clean" policy that's evolved from a social consensus of the community rather than being imposed top-down by heavy handed moderation. 

Gary also said the TCI list is pretty spicy stuff.  I wonder if we might be able to exercise some influence over there...?   "Hey guys, clean it up, OK?"

Offline Stephen Furley

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Re: Is this a rare dial???
« Reply #37 on: November 07, 2011, 08:39:47 PM »
So, what sort of date would this dial be, and which models of telephone was it used in?