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Western Electric wooden telephone types
« on: May 04, 2013, 07:12:12 PM »
Starting a new reference category to identify the different types of wooden telephone boxes made by WE.  Right now I am sticking to boxes that have "TYPE XXX" stamped on them.  I will expand the list post more detailed descriptions and pictures as time permits.  Feel free to contribute.

Wooden telephone boxes are a pretty common sight on eBay.  Many are mis-identified as Western Electric.  Even the ones marked Western Electric can be a source of confusion

TYPE 1C
Magneto top box with no switch hook


TYPE 2
Magneto top box

TYPE 4
Magneto top box used on 3-Boxers with Blake transmitters.  Unmarked as to type. Can be distinguished from the TYPE 21 by the 4 hinges that hold the door on.

TYPE 5
Magneto box used in conjunction with a terminal strip, extension ringer and early desk stand.


TYPE 10:
Magneto box



TYPE 21
Magneto top box generally configured on a two-boxer with #5 arm but used for other purposes and recycled over the years

TYPE 24
Small Common-battery subset resembling a ringer box mounted on a backboard. Apparently made for a few years between the late 1890s early 1900s and are transitional between a TYPE 101 and a TYPE 295A.  These feature external binding posts for the line and subset cords (24F), or for just the line (24J).   



TYPE 43
Small ringer box



TYPE 44
Magneto top box similar to a TYPE 21 with an exclusion switch 

TYPE 57
Medium sized ringer box



TYPE 68 and 68E
Small Common Battery Telephone with a large flat condenser





TYPE 72
Magneto top box Similar to the TYPE 21 but with a coil in the box rather than in the base of the #5 arm


TYPE 85
Common Battery fiddleback



TYPE 78
A small, wall mounted subscriber set



TYPE 98
Common Battery fiddleback
« Last Edit: January 09, 2017, 10:51:14 PM by Sargeguy »
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 07:14:38 PM »
TYPE 101
Early common battery subset used with early desk stands.  Came in walnut or oak.  101E-updated to a 21-D condenser


TYPE 111
Large extension ringer box



TYPE 115G
Common Battery Subset



TYPE 124
Common Battery compact wall telephone, only available in oak.


TYPE 127
Medium-sized ringer box

TYPE 138A

3-Bar magneto box and coil
« Last Edit: October 23, 2014, 07:25:08 PM by Sargeguy »
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2014, 04:57:29 PM »
212F
"condenser box" whatever that means

232E
Similar to a 240 but with a 5-bar magneto and a hook that is above the magneto not in front of it.

TYPE 240
Similar to the TYPE 21, used on a two-boxer with a #10 arm



259A
Looks like an extension ringer with a condenser inside or a compact subset



TYPE 270
A single gong compact wall phone in oak.  Similar to a 293A electronically, with the exception of the ringer.

TYPE 273F
A single gong wooden subset in oak.  Similar to a 295A electronically, with the exception of the ringer.



TYPE 281
Metal wallphone on wooden backboard

TYPE 288
Local Battery Fiddleback

TYPE 293
Common battery compact wall telephone that has several variants.  Came in both walnut and oak.  Varieties include:

293A common "private line" telephone
293AE Railway "PUSH TO TALK RELEASE TO LISTEN" w/ head banc receiver
293AK Railway "PUSH TO TALK RELEASE TO LISTEN" w/ watchcase receiver no ringer
293AL Railway "PUSH TO TALK RELEASE TO LISTEN" w/ head banc receiver no ringer
293AP-Lacks induction coil and uses a 21-F condenser
293J hotel or "apartment" phone equipped with buzzer and switches for janitor manager and or door latch
293J equipped with a coin collector
293Y-Local battery/common battery hybrid

TYPE 294
Similar to a 293 but mounted on a backboard with writing shelf

Alternately a common battery fiddleback:



TYPE 295
Common battery subscriber set.  Available in walnut and oak.  Came in several variations, usually these referred to the different types of ringer for party line set ups.

295A-Standard,subset used with desk stands
295AA-For local battery talking and central battery signalling service
295AC-Extension set with no ringer
295AK-Railroad apparatus-no ringer
295AM-For central battery selective harmonic ringing service
295AN-For central battery selective harmonic ringing service
295AP--For central battery selective harmonic ringing service
295AR--For central battery selective harmonic ringing service
295AT-For party line service
295AW-For series selective signalling service
295AY-For series selective signalling service
295BA-For series harmonic selective signalling service
295BB-For series harmonic selective signalling service
295BL-For party line Service
295BP-295 subset that was painted black and...


295L-extension ringer with no coil
295S-


TYPE 296
Common battery wall phone for party line service.  Slightly longer than a 295, includes a relay switch.  Found in walnut and oak.
 


TYPE 297
Part line subset with that uses a relay



TYPE 298AP


TYPE 299
5-Bar magneto
« Last Edit: March 25, 2015, 07:41:07 PM by Sargeguy »
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2014, 04:58:54 PM »
TYPE 301A
Local Battery fiddleback


TYPE 303A
Small 3-bar magneto in walnut box


TYPE 305
Magneto wall phone

TYPE 312
Common Battery Fiddleback used with a howler

TYPE 315
Standard Magneto box used with candlesticks and later telephones.

TYPE 317
C0mmon/Local Battery Wall Phone made in several variations
317A-Moderate load rural service
317E-Heavy load rural service
317F-Moderate load rural service
317H-Light load bridging

TYPE 318
Small oak intercom ringer box



TYPE 385A
Small plug box
495BP
Converted 295A subset that uses cowbells and was painted black
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 01:06:43 PM »
Type 303A
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2014, 01:20:00 PM »
You beat me to it!
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2014, 01:28:30 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2014, 01:40:21 PM »
TYPE 115G
Common Battery Subset

This one has a TYPE 203 Cover
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2014, 02:50:42 PM »
TYPE 5
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2014, 10:57:33 AM »
Type 68E Common battery set. This is one WECO phone not usually seen. Notice the unusual transmitter mount and the thick backboard. There's a large condenser (capacitor) mounted in the backboard. Also on the top left is a serial number starting with a C. Walnut.
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2014, 11:43:18 AM »
Already listed with a picture by Sargeguy. Here's some additional pictures. This box is marked TYPE 24 on the side and 24F on top under the serial number. I believe this one is an earlier one because of the small terminals used.
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #11 on: August 20, 2014, 12:49:40 PM »
Small common battery set. 298AP
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« Reply #12 on: August 20, 2014, 01:09:57 PM »
Ring box marked: SPECIAL TYPE 127H
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2014, 01:17:05 PM »
385a
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Re: Western Electric wooden telephone types
« Reply #14 on: September 27, 2014, 12:08:55 AM »
« Last Edit: September 27, 2014, 12:14:10 AM by poplar1 »
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