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Offline Dan

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An interesting WE500 oldie...
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:13:04 AM »
I know the date of the 1950's is on the reverse at the bottom. This is the first 1951 I have seen dated in this location. Anyone ever seen a '51 dated here?

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Re: An interesting WE500 oldie...
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 10:27:40 AM »
Yes, my 12/1950 model has the date stamped in that location.  The early ones were.

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Re: An interesting WE500 oldie...
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2012, 12:45:18 PM »
I've seen photos of a 2/51 stamped in the same place. My 4/51 is stamped in the area near the loud wheel.
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Re: An interesting WE500 oldie...
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2012, 01:24:40 PM »
I have seen both stampings dated 3/51.
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Re: An interesting WE500 oldie...
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2012, 08:16:47 PM »
I thought only 1950's were dated at the bottom, not '51's. Thanks for the clarification.
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Re: An interesting WE500 oldie...
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2012, 12:01:37 AM »
Nice phone and it will be a good catch for someone.  So it looks like March of 51' was the transition month for the date stampings to move from the bottom edge of the base plate to up by the volume control wheel.  This also looks to have the early dial bezel with the clear overcoating and painted on letters underneath.  And the finish on the handset looks great, hardly any wear.  This phone is quite the survivor, I'd guess it was installed and never refurbed or even used much. 

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Re: An interesting WE500 oldie...
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2012, 12:35:07 AM »
It went for 202 dollars.  Wow.