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Offline markosjal

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Is a black WE princess with rotary dial rare?
« on: April 06, 2021, 05:45:14 PM »
Is a black WE princess with rotary dial rare? I found one locally and realized that i had never seen one in black
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Offline HarrySmith

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Re: Is a black WE princess with rotary dial rare?
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2021, 06:24:20 PM »
I don't know about rare but Black was not as popular as the other colors as these were usually a bedroom phone.
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Offline LarryInMichigan

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Re: Is a black WE princess with rotary dial rare?
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2021, 06:42:22 PM »
Black is quite uncommon.  I bought one one ebay a few years ago.  I have probably only seen about two others for sale.

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Offline Key2871

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Re: Is a black WE princess with rotary dial rare?
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2021, 07:12:54 PM »
Well back when I collected princess phones, black was the one color that was hardest for me to find. In any type dial.
So yes hard to find but rare.. I don't think I would use that word to describe them.
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Offline Jim Stettler

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Re: Is a black WE princess with rotary dial rare?
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2021, 10:11:22 PM »
Black Princess phones are scarce.
Colors other than black were an  options and you paid a little more for a color option.

Princess and Trimline phones were premium sets.
Color was an included option so black was a seldom chosen on these sets.
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Offline paul-f

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Re: Is a black WE princess with rotary dial rare?
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2021, 03:12:03 PM »
Black was added to the Princess color list in 1963, and it quickly became a "non-promoted" color. Relatively few were ordered, but IMHO they are not especially rare. Scarce or uncommon both work.

http://www.paul-f.com/color.htm#Princess

We have recorded sightings to 1978 (scroll down after using this link).

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=11422.msg190732#msg190732

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Offline Key2871

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Re: Is a black WE princess with rotary dial rare?
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2021, 05:12:03 PM »
Agreed Paul, in my years of collecting I have seen many, but scarce is a good word. I had a touch tone and for ever was looking for a rotary but they were always too expensive for me. So I didn't procure one.
And they do come up in eBay is say about every six months or maybe a little less often. But usually expensive as usual.
I was able to afford other non common colors in the new series slate blue ( is what I was told it is) mint green peach etc. Those were starting to get hard to find and expensive as well. Those I hardly see anymore.
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