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Bell / Western Electric - "Mod 1 Picturephone"
« on: November 18, 2012, 02:35:03 AM »
I recently began going through my fathers collection. He was a bell worker for over 40 years. This is what I found today in his attic. Let me know what you think!

Thanks,
Maureen
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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2012, 12:22:02 PM »
What is this thing?

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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2012, 12:30:18 PM »
What is this thing?



Could it be???

Looks like the top of a Picturephone!

The photos look a bit "stretched".  A picturephone would be quite a catch, if that's what it is.
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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2012, 01:43:02 PM »
What is this thing?



Could it be???

Looks like the top of a Picturephone!

The photos look a bit "stretched".  A picturephone would be quite a catch, if that's what it is.

Maureen,

Yes, it looks like an original Type 1 Picturephone display unit from 1964.  These are exceedingly rare: Only a few were made, and even fewer have survived.   A couple of years ago, one of these in terrible condition sold on eBay for $1400.00.  The one in your picture, Maureen, looks like it might be brand new.  If so, this one item in your collection could easily be worth $3000 to $5000 dollars (or more, on a good day)!

Do not let yourself get snookered by any selfish people who might want to rip you off.  DO NOT SELL EVERYTHING AT ONCE!  TAKE YOUR TIME!  EBay (or a similar public forum) is the best place to get fair and realistic prices for the wonderful things you have found.

Regards,

Dave F.

Addendum:  This unit, by itself, is not a complete Picturephone system.  There are other associated components, including a desktop keyboard unit, which are needed to make it work.  If you are lucky, maybe you also have some of the other components.

Later (Type 2) Picturephones were rectangular in shape and saw limited service in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  A working Type 2 system, with two complete sets of components, is worth about $10,000.  I don't know of a single complete and working Type 1 Picturephone system anywhere.  If you were to uncover all the parts for that, you would be able to eat at high-class restaurants every night for the rest of your life, and never need to cook another dinner!  So, keep searching!

DF
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2012, 02:14:15 PM »
If that is the original packing crate/box, it would also add value to the item inside.  Judging from the photo, it looks like the styrofoam inserts are made just for the item in the box.  Any markings on the outside of the box?  Any signs of it being "NIB", "New In Box"?
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2012, 06:42:07 PM »
If that is the original packing crate/box, it would also add value to the item inside.  Judging from the photo, it looks like the styrofoam inserts are made just for the item in the box.  Any markings on the outside of the box?  Any signs of it being "NIB", "New In Box"?
Hi,
This is a Picturephone, no doubt. My Father spoke about it before he passed away. It is in Mint condition. It is a display unit I believe. I have all the paperwork too for setting up the display (as big as a bible!) along with the phone part. Because of the angle of my dad's attic I was unable to take a good pic, but it is like new.
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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2012, 07:06:20 PM »
Hi,
This is a Picturephone, no doubt. My Father spoke about it before he passed away. It is in Mint condition. It is a display unit I believe. I have all the paperwork too for setting up the display (as big as a bible!) along with the phone part. Because of the angle of my dad's attic I was unable to take a good pic, but it is like new.

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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2012, 08:42:28 PM »
I have pictures of the boxes. One for the big unit and one for the desk unit. Please take a look.
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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2012, 08:44:21 PM »
Ok, so it is part of the Picture phone... That is a real gem.

Wonderful.

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« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2012, 08:52:59 PM »
I have no idea what this is. Any clue?? It is very heavy!!
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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2012, 09:49:46 PM »
Maureen,

Yes, it looks like an original Type 1 Picturephone display unit from 1964.  These are exceedingly rare: Only a few were made, and even fewer have survived.   A couple of years ago, one of these in terrible condition sold on eBay for $1400.00.  The one in your picture, Maureen, looks like it might be brand new.  If so, this one item in your collection could easily be worth $3000 to $5000 dollars (or more, on a good day)!

Do not let yourself get snookered by any selfish people who might want to rip you off.  DO NOT SELL EVERYTHING AT ONCE!  TAKE YOUR TIME!  EBay (or a similar public forum) is the best place to get fair and realistic prices for the wonderful things you have found.

Regards,

Dave F.

Addendum:  This unit, by itself, is not a complete Picturephone system.  There are other associated components, including a desktop keyboard unit, which are needed to make it work.  If you are lucky, maybe you also have some of the other components.

Later (Type 2) Picturephones were rectangular in shape and saw limited service in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  A working Type 2 system, with two complete sets of components, is worth about $10,000.  I don't know of a single complete and working Type 1 Picturephone system anywhere.  If you were to uncover all the parts for that, you would be able to eat at high-class restaurants every night for the rest of your life, and never need to cook another dinner!  So, keep searching!

DF

Dave,  Is my picturephone type 1? I have the complete set. Did you see the pics? Just curious.
Thanks,
Maureen
« Last Edit: November 18, 2012, 09:52:39 PM by AE_collector »
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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2012, 12:24:27 AM »
Maureen: From the picture and your "it's heavy" comment my guess would be a power supply. Does it have an AC cord coming out of it?


Yes, I think I remember a cord. Sorry I missed this post.
« Last Edit: November 19, 2012, 01:04:23 AM by AE_collector »
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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2012, 12:55:26 PM »
Can you imagine being the lucky person who winds up with that amazing Picturephone in his/her collection?  Boy, oh boy (just thinking out loud)!

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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2012, 01:06:25 PM »
WOW! This collection gets more and more amazing! This is what every one of us collectors (read addicts) dreams of finding!
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Re: Bell Type 1 Picturephone
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2012, 01:07:57 PM »


Dave,  Is my picturephone type 1? I have the complete set. Did you see the pics? Just curious.
Thanks,
Maureen

Hi Maureen,

I did indeed see the pictures.

Yes, it's a Type 1, super-duper rare.  In fact, there just might not be another one in that immaculate condition anywhere!  Certainly one of the best phone-finds I have ever seen.

Not likely, but maybe the gods will smile on me and I will end up with it in my collection.

Also, let me add my condolences on the loss of your father.  He's probably looking down and smiling with satisfaction at the good fortune he has left you!

Dave F.