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Offline gpo706

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500 - July 1950 base
« on: July 17, 2012, 07:20:03 PM »
It came from Michigan, has a "property of Michigan Bell" sticker on the base, top right has "CD 500 CONV" however at the front of the base I've just discovered a faint paint impression of "7/50 500".

The rest is refurbed, but is the base a very early 500 chassis?

« Last Edit: July 17, 2012, 07:21:51 PM by gpo706 »
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Offline McHeath

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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2012, 07:39:18 PM »
Nice find.  Another early set, seems that many of them were refurbed into another existence over the years.  What sort of dates on the internals?

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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2012, 08:01:34 PM »
I shall take it apart and get some pics McHeath.
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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2012, 01:30:32 AM »
Earpiece - "L 6 71"
RX - " 7 10 7 5"
TX - "11 16" and "76 T" stamped.
Base - "7/50 500"
Case - "M23" and "4 G" or "4 C", then "70" or "79" (can't really make it out without a microscope!)
Network - "425B 10/59"
Dial - in red markings "9CA 2 79"
Original dial card "M AREA CODE 313 etc"

Bit of of a Frankenphone then eh?

Anyhow McHeath I'm quite proud at least the base is a very early 500 if nothing else, and gave me the chance to give the body and dial a good dusting!





« Last Edit: August 08, 2012, 01:37:46 AM by gpo706 »
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Offline McHeath

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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2012, 02:33:34 AM »
You've got a very rare phone base, not many 1950 model 500s left.  I'd be happy to have an early chassis of that date, my oldest 500 is from 12/50.

The huge date span of the phone is just a sign of how seriously well run the Bell System was, nothing wasted. 

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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2012, 04:12:47 AM »
The "acoustic dampening" might be 1950 as well!
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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2012, 12:05:05 AM »
Ha!  It might indeed.

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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2012, 06:02:32 AM »
The "acoustic dampening" might be 1950 as well!

The handset in 1950 would have been a G1.  There was no cotton acoustical barrier in the G1 handsets.  Looks like a  G3 was added sometime later.

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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2012, 11:58:49 PM »
Oh yeah!  I forgot about that.  :P  So yes it's a later G3.

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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2012, 06:09:44 PM »
I'm not sure of the difference between a G1 or G3 handset, but thanks for all the replies folks.
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Re: 500 - July 1950 base
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2012, 06:57:26 PM »
G-1 is Bakelite; G-3 is hollow plastic. All the color ones are plastic. All the black ones are bakelite from 1949 to about 1964, then they too are G-3 plastic
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