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Offline Russ Kirk

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Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« on: December 12, 2020, 12:59:45 AM »
When I saw this today in a Snohomish Washington antique store I could not believe my luck. Not date matching but most are July to Sept 1955. I will be shipping this home because I doubt I can bring it home as carry-on during my flight home and I don't trust it in checked baggage. More to come when I get home and have more free time. Do you think I should remove the labels? Or keep them?
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Offline Gary Z

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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2020, 01:50:41 AM »
Excellent find Russ! Congrats. I would remove the labels unless they really meant something personally or note worthy. That's just my thought. I have one that's missing the bottom plate. Anyone have one laying around? LOL

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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2020, 06:56:50 AM »
Very nice indeed. I'd be trying my best to get it in my carry-on if it were mine. Post some clothes home instead!
I would remove the Dymo label but leave the paper one as it's period (I think you knew you would get opposite opinions on this).
You can always remove it later if you really don't like it but can't put it back once you've taken it off.
How much was it please?
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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2020, 08:14:26 AM »
When I saw this today in a Snohomish Washington antique store I could not believe my luck. Not date matching but most are July to Sept 1955. I will be shipping this home because I doubt I can bring it home */as carry-on during my flight home and I don't trust it in checked baggage. More to come when I get home and have more free time. Do you think I should remove the labels? Or keep them?*/
It would be a carry on, sitting on my lap the whole flight.

USPS is very slow right now, they are totally overwhelmed. I would not trust this in anyone's hands but mine.

Excellent find Russ.....how much was it. I would remove the labels....Doug
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Offline Russ Kirk

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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2020, 01:00:42 PM »

How much was it please?
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I got it for $134.11 including tax
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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2020, 01:47:29 PM »
Well done Russ!

I'm in the carry-on group. Why risk shipping?

Tubaman's suggestion is interesting. Remove the name and live with the white label for a while before making a final decision.

The format and content of the label is interesting for a collection. Of course if it won't come off intact you can always display a photo of it later.
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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2020, 02:34:24 PM »
No reason not to carry it on. I’ve carried on a Single Slot payphone...

Give yourself some extra time through security, but should be no issues...

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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2020, 03:14:16 PM »
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Just trying to picture you carrying a single slot pay phone while sitting on a plane...Any one ask if they could make a call?

sorry.... hehehe.....
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Offline tubaman

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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2020, 04:18:04 AM »
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The format and content of the label is interesting for a collection. ...

Indeed. I like to try and imagine how my phones would have been used in their original settings. They are pieces of social history and period labels add to their story. This is why I'm always pleased to get an original dial card with a phone.
If the label was in a bad state then I probably would remove it, but it looks quite decent from the photo.
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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2020, 05:45:15 AM »
...Do you think I should remove the labels?...

Original dial cards are good to have.  :)
Stickers/labels, noooo...
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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2020, 07:40:38 AM »
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I've come close a few times to leaving on some of the stickers. Sometime you can't properly clean the phone without damaging the sticker.

So far I have removed all stickers from all phones I have.
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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2020, 09:25:06 AM »
Original dial cards are good to have.  :)
Stickers/labels, noooo...
CJ..... I 100% agree, Original dial cards in displayable condition are wonderful, stickers not so much.

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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #12 on: December 13, 2020, 09:49:16 AM »
No reason not to carry it on. I’ve carried on a Single Slot payphone...


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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #13 on: December 13, 2020, 02:46:11 PM »
Congrats on a nice find. That one looks really good. Hard to find phone! Now you just need the other colors.
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Offline Russ Kirk

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Re: Western Electric GN4676 Metropolitan
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2020, 02:03:06 PM »
Here's an update on the GN4676. Did a light cleaning and found a crumpled shipping invoice for cartons of paper for Children's Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle. No dates but I think it is the same wire center.
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