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Offline dsk

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What metal body rotary may this be?
« on: February 20, 2012, 05:07:06 PM »

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Re: What metal body rotary may this be?
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 05:28:42 PM »
That's a North Electric "Galion" phone (of Galion, Ohio).  Not to be confused with Northern Electric of Canada.
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Re: What metal body rotary may this be?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2012, 01:12:07 AM »
Why is there such a strange random assortment of letters, rather the 'abcd'?

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Re: What metal body rotary may this be?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2012, 09:18:01 AM »
Why is there such a strange random assortment of letters, rather the 'abcd'?

I'm going to go out on a limb here and make a guess.

The dial plate is a "rural" (numbers only) plate.  More than likely used in a rural area where party lines were the norm.  Early on, phone numbers for individuals were X-amount of digits and a letter designation.  For instance 4689R.  There were a certain amount of letters used.  That looks like an actual North Electric dial as opposed to an A.E. dial which were often used in the Galion phones.

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Re: What metal body rotary may this be?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2012, 03:06:41 PM »
I think you've hit the nail on the head.  The Bell System didn't use all those letters in their party line system, but the ones they did use (J, M, R, W), are in exactly the same positions.

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Re: What metal body rotary may this be?
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2012, 06:11:22 PM »
Interesting. I didn't even notice at first that the letters are still in the abc def ghi... order.  Not random at all.

Thanks for the explanation.

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Re: What metal body rotary may this be?
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 09:58:17 PM »
I never realized that until reading your post just now! Interesting that you can look at something so many times, and never see the pattern.
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