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Find of the month July 2021

Started by Jim Stettler, June 30, 2021, 05:55:40 PM

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 Poll Find of the Month - July   2021  *** Vote for two ***

tubaman's French Telic Intercom/phone                                     US$14.50 approx total   eBay
4 (22.2%)
Russ Kirk's AE 31-B AA-22 with original AO-25 to line bell box         $80.               antique store
12 (66.7%)
captroosh's   WE 233G(XLA) payphone   $85  down from                $100              Facebook
6 (33.3%)
Jim Stettler's  Stromberg Carlson Oilcan Lamp                     about $350 total       eBAy
5 (27.8%)
magicbrain's      WE  Clear  trimline                                              $66.78 total    eBay
6 (33.3%)

Total Members Voted: 18

Voting closed: August 05, 2021, 08:21:50 PM

Jim Stettler

Special Announcement for the 2021 Find of the Month contests:
Scott has offered a prize for each monthly winner.
It is an AT&T poster 25 1/2 inch by 13 inch
This is the long version of the phone book cover poster.
These are a free prize including shipping

Monthly winners will be notified by Scott for shipping details.

Post your "Find of the Month" here.

A "Find of the Month" is a telephone or a related item that you acquired during the month that you are particularly excited about either because of its rarity, the difficulty you had in trying to find it for your collection or the exceptional "deal" that you got on it. Other than that, any discussion of or comments about the nominated phone are not allowed, FOTM nominations only. As stated below, "Ideally your item would be (first) posted in its own thread elsewhere on the forum" and if so, "the forum link if discussed in another topic" is to be included in the nomination reply.

If a significant discussion of a nominated phone starts in a FOTM topic, it will be moved to a new "discussion" topic in the appropriate board and if not, then simply removed.

The "Find of the Month" contest is focused on the collection of telephones rather than on their sale for a profit. To be eligible for the "Find of the Month" contest:

- The finder must have personally acquired and actually own the item.
- The item can be acquired for free but it can not be a gift or present from anyone.
- The item (or any of its components) cannot be put up for sale during the contest period.
- Only one "Find" per owner can be in a "Find of the Month" contest.

A Nomination Should Include:

1) where and/or how the item was found.
2) the price & shipping cost.
3) the forum link to the topic discussing the find.
4) the eBay link if won there.
5) other information of importance about the find (why the item is very important to you for any reason).
6) and one or two pictures of the item.

Ideally your item would be posted in its own thread elsewhere on the forum such as "Auction Talk", "Flea Market/Yard Sale Finds" or "Collectors Corner" Board. Then you or anyone else can nominate your "Find" to the Current "Find of the Month" thread by posting at least one picture and other details including the price paid, any shipping costs and a link to the original discussion on the forum. It is not a requirement that your find be posted elsewhere on the forum but the more details the better.

Nominations of phones listed in other forum discussion topics, by members that do not own the item but realize it is indeed a "find" worthy of being nominated as a "Find of the Month" candidate, are always welcome.

Please pick your best "Find" to submit for the month limiting your entry to one phone or one "Find" that might include limited multiple items. If you have already entered for the month and come up with something even better either submit your new find indicating that it replaces your previous entry OR you can enter your new Find in next months contest.

To check out a list of all past winners including the Find of the YEAR winners, click here:

          --> Winner's List <--

TelePlay has grabbed pictures of all of the "Find of the Month" winners since we started this back in 2010 and he has put them into albums on forum. Thanks John.  To check them out, click here:
          --> Photo Album <--

Jim S.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.


I'll start the ball rolling by nominating my French Telic Intercom/phone -
An eBay find - - for £6.50+£3.85 P&P (US$14.50 approx total).
I've said 'intercom/phone' as it has really simple circuitry so I'm not 100% sure of its original use.
It can be used on the wall or desk and is a nice little thing.

Russ Kirk

I'm  self nomination my newwst find.

I found this AE 31-B AA-22 with original AO-25 to line bell a local antique store for o ly $80.

- Russ Kirk


I was advised I should put this up here. Just bought this the other day. A 233G payphone. Actually says 233GXLA inside. This is my 1st payphone. I have wanted one for years.  The fellow I bought it from says internals are complete. However it is missing the receiver cradle and coin box and a lock. The nearest date I could find was inside on a part August 1967. Got it locally for $85  down from $100 on Facebook marketplace.

< edit 07-19-21: link to thread added >
Capt. Roosh.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.


This nomination is for Jim Stettler's Stromberg Carlson Oilcan Lamp.

Jim says:
I  bought a very cool telephone lamp cheap lamp...
... Every phone room needs a lamp.
I guess my newest phone room lamp is an oilcan. is from the auction.
A SC oil can runs about $1500 + apparently less for a lamp..."

A collector of  'Monochrome Phones with Sepia Tones'   ...and a Duck!
Vintage Phones - 10% man made, 90% Tribble

Jim Stettler

Last day  for July nominations.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.


I'll add my clear 12 button Trimline - Purchased on eBay with a BIN for $55.00 + shipping/tax for a total of $66.78 - Will add a post with more once I receive it - Has the square buttons & small size modular plugs, so late late 70's early 80's?
eBay link:

edit to add discussion topic

Jim Stettler

the Find of the month July 2021 poll is now open.
5 day poll
vote for 2

You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Jim Stettler

Congratulations to Russ for winning the July 2021 FOTM

Russ Kirk's AE 31-B AA-22 with original AO-25 to line bell box         $80.               antique store

Sorry for the late post. I could of swore yesterday was Wednesday.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.

Russ Kirk

Thank you for your votes. I did a quick clean, just to remove the dirt. I had Steve Hiltz refub the dial. He did an excellent job.  Here is an undated photo. 

- Russ Kirk