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Added: June 11, 2013
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I have a WE 202 with an F1 handset that I am trying to hook up to a 685h subset. Can anyone give me directions and a schematic on how to get this phone working?

Added: June 6, 2013
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Hello Everyone,

I am new to collecting telephones; last autumn, I purchased an ivory refurbished WE 2500 so I would have a secure phone, (I had all cordless phones), when making business calls and to have a phone when the power fails.

Well, that old 2500 reminded me of my youth in the '70s and '80s and what started as a simple, practical solution to an everyday problem has turned into a mania. I now have over ten 2500s and three 500s, (and most of them are hooked up).

I'd like to thank Richard Rose for his invaluable help, information and assistance in this foray; and I'd like to thank my family for their love and patience; it isn't easy living in a house that sounds like an alarm call at the fire house every time the phone rings. ;)

I am joining the ATCA; I mailed in my application a week or so ago and am awaiting my membership admittance. Iím looking forward to learning as much as I can about the 500, 1500 and 2500 desk sets.

Yours in Christ,

Sean C. :)


Added: June 6, 2013
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I want to find a working "Home Receptionist" from US WEST available in the mid 1990's. My screen is not working, so not able to properly answer calls.

Added: June 4, 2013
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I have an Automatic Electric 3 slot rotary payphone ser.#LPA-86-10
This phone had been set up to use as an everyday use phone,just plug in and use.
I would like to turn it back to origional one day,i'm looking for pictures of what it should look like inside so I know what it needs.


Added: May 14, 2013
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I just bought a 317 type telephone, western electric in pretty good condition. Has two screws on the left side 1907-1909 ? Has paper tag inside patent pending 1907. Mouthpiece dated Nov. 1, '92 on the underside Has what looks like NYPD 8 stamped in the wood on the iuside bottom of the door. Has a 250-w on a small brass plate on ther mouthpiece. Also has several cuts on the back and has wires embedded in the cuts thatr are soldered together hooking up with the terminals at the top of the cathedral. Also has picture frame grove on the face. Any ideas on the value of this telephone. I will join your club? thanks for your time, Cully.

Added: May 10, 2013
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Im looking to buy a WE 202 ( working I hope )

I know nothing about 'old' phones. I see many for sale that say orig. , but can come with many diff dials ,etc.

I thought a 202 would look good here in my room of several old radios ( 1929 - 1937 ) :)


Added: May 5, 2013
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My father worked for the a independant telephone company for 42 years, (Urban Telephone Company) Clintonville, WI, He worked there from 1940 until 1982. He has collected phones and other things he used while working there. I now have several old phones that I would like to sell. Were might I get them appraised or sold. Please let me know if anyone has any idea. Thank you

Added: April 29, 2013
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I have an crank phone and it is in serious need of repair. Since I an trained in electric devices I would like to repair the phone. Where can I find a schematic? Bruce

Added: April 20, 2013
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I have an old candlestick phone purchased it at an auction. Great condition. Made by Western Electric Company There is a pat. no. 1918. Can anyone tell me something about it ? What might it bring at an antique Auction.

Added: April 8, 2013
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