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Offline HarrySmith

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RARE 500 ??? - 1/2 Coiled & 1/2 Straight Handset Cord
« on: October 15, 2012, 04:11:05 PM »
This MUST be a rare one! I have never seen a handset cord that was half straight & half coiled ;D

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Re: RARE 500 ???
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2012, 04:19:04 PM »
Somewhere back in my memory banks, I seem to recall seeing these in real life.  It's been a long time, though!
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Re: RARE 500 ???
« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2012, 05:29:21 PM »
The handset cord is somewhat unusual.

It looks like a H4BD Semi Retractile cord. (See C36.101 for a brief mention.)
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Re: RARE 500 ???
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2012, 06:50:33 PM »
It's the best of both worlds!

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Re: RARE 500 ???
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2012, 07:28:12 PM »
I was going to say "Predecessor of the Ericofon" or the GTE "Flip Phone".

May 1953 date on the 500 set base.

So it is Lugitimate? I was looking for a wad of electrical tape where straight meets coiled!

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Re: RARE 500 ???
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Re: RARE 500 ???
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2012, 10:42:00 PM »
Never seen one of these cords, interesting. 

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Re: RARE 500 ??? - 1/2 Coiled & 1/2 Straight Handset Cord
« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2012, 12:48:33 AM »
Is it a rubber or a PVC cord?

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Re: RARE 500 ??? - 1/2 Coiled & 1/2 Straight Handset Cord
« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2012, 08:53:02 AM »
I think that's a neat idea, giving you that "cordless" feel but with some give to the cable if you move about while using it... :)

The GPO did it with the Trimphone line cable here too from what I know, so you could wander about and not end up pulling wires out of the BT52A on the wall, just giving that little bit of stretch to say "you're straying too far"...  :D

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Re: RARE 500 ??? - 1/2 Coiled & 1/2 Straight Handset Cord
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2012, 05:46:45 PM »
mine appears to be rubber

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Re: RARE 500 ??? - 1/2 Coiled & 1/2 Straight Handset Cord
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2012, 06:31:35 PM »
These cords came standard on the Connecticut phones, not the toaster but the other metal military phone. It was 1/2 curly and half straight. I get a picture tomorrow if someone can't find one...Doug
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Re: RARE 500 ??? - 1/2 Coiled & 1/2 Straight Handset Cord
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2012, 06:43:39 PM »
Is it a Western Electric cord?
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Re: RARE 500 ??? - 1/2 Coiled & 1/2 Straight Handset Cord
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2012, 09:32:30 PM »
looks identical to western electric cords... one end is cut so i dont have the clasp to even check