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Clear Telephones (by Jim S.)

Started by Jim Stettler, December 29, 2009, 12:06:36 AM

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oldguy

This is clearly the correct place to post these photos😀😀 I hope this line wasn't previously used in this thread.
Gary

kleenax

Quote from: Jim S. on June 30, 2018, 07:42:45 PM
Here is Ray K.'s Phone plus another photo.
The top 2 are RAy K.
The bottom photo is another  AE80
Not mine actually. Someone kind of "went around me" and bribed the estate sale where it was at, and ended up with it instead of me.
Ray Kotke
Recumbent Casting, LLC

Jim Stettler

#62
Quote from: kleenax on June 30, 2018, 09:36:29 PM
Not mine actually. Someone kind of "went around me" and bribed the estate sale where it was at, and ended up with it instead of me.
tweaked the description. And the first post as well.
Jim S.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

kleenax

Three Clear projects that I displayed (and sold) at the Lancaster Show.
Ray Kotke
Recumbent Casting, LLC

Key2871

Ray does it again... Very cool.
KEN

Jim Stettler

Those look pretty cool. I may be in the market for a clear E handset.
Jim
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

.....

Very nice Ray, they look awesome.

HarrySmith

Very Nice!
Do you mark your creations in any way to indicate they are not original telco products?
Years down the road when we are all dust people may get confused! Or some greedy, nefarious person today may try to pass one off as Genuine Bell System equipment.
Harry Smith
ATCA 4434
TCI

"There is no try,
there is only
do or do not"

FABphones

Any photos of your table at the show? It would be nice to see the full display.
:)
A collector of  'Monochrome Phones with Sepia Tones'   ...and a Duck!
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Vintage Phones - 10% man made, 90% Tribble
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kleenax

Quote from: FABphones on June 13, 2019, 05:56:51 PM
Any photos of your table at the show? It would be nice to see the full display.
:)

I didn't get photos; sorry, and I didn't see my table in any of the published photos of the show that were on the TCI list either :-(
Ray Kotke
Recumbent Casting, LLC

guitar1580

#70
Here are my clear phones that I recently picked up.  A Lennox Sound Trimline style that was new in the package, and a Cortelco 2500 that is like new.

JT



tubaman

That 2500 is a beauty. I'm going to have to look for one now!  ;D

Jim Stettler

Quote from: tubaman on December 21, 2019, 06:19:09 AM
That 2500 is a beauty. I'm going to have to look for one now!  ;D

The full clear Cortelco's  come up on eBay often enough that you should be able to find a nice one for under $50.00 if you keep an eye out.
Cortelco also had a novelty clear 2500 with colored caps and painted bells.
Goldstar also made a full clear 2500 and a similar novelty clear.
Some/all? of the full clear Goldstar came out in 1984 and were  given as customer thank-you by a wire and cable  company.

Goldstar plastics are marked
Cortelco plastics have an internal mold number in the housing "663481" above the dial. The number appears to be consistent.

These 2  brands seem to have the clearest plastics. There were other clear 2500 plastics made, they weren't as clear.
The WE plastics will yellow, I have seen 1 ITT branded 2500, it is yellowed.
NT made a Smoke tint 2500 set. Duffy has 1 posted in this thread.
Jim
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

guitar1580

I'd like to end up with a clear W/E 500 someday, but the ones I've seen to this point have been out of my price range.

JT

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Received this AEL Microtel (AE80) clear with opaque swirl body today. I have a regular AE80 rotary coming for a donor phone.
I will use a clear AE handset on it that Ray Kotke gave to me when I visited him last August.