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Western Electric #44BG Intercom

#44BG Intercom front view Offset View Bakelite Dated Mouthpiece closeup

c. 1915-1939 - This phone was equipped with an internal buzzer therefore the vents in base; #179 Watchcase receiver. Note: Equipped with a dated Western Electric brass threaded mouthpiece made of bakelite. Has " PAT.D FEB.28-1911 - APRIL.4-1911" in raised lettering under the outer edge of rim. (compare to mouthpiece on 20AS model desk stand pg 2).


#533 Metal Wall Phone

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c. 1910's - I have included this wall model due to its upgrade to accommodate the newly produced dial (post 1919). This example of a model 533 (pre-dial) is equipped with a rare "Dial Mounting"-Model 37A. The 37A was a metal mounting with a black finish used to convert manual telephone sets of the 533 Type for machine switching service, ie: to accommodate a dial. Likely, its purpose was to prolong the life of the 533 models upon introduction of the dial, before and/or after start of production of the new 553 wall models.

(A 37A mounted to a #333 wall phone can be viewed in Mountjoys, 100 Years of Bell Telephones, top left of page 134.)


Western Electric #50AL Dial Desk Stand

#50AL Dial Candlestick Early 132D Dial Face Base Early Type 1 #2A Dial Case Closeup of numeral "0"

c. 1919-1928 - First dial candlestick produced by Western Electric. Early base stamped 1918 on right side of base. Early Type 1 #2A dial with "2A" stamped into back of dial case. Notice shape of the governor housing from the later Type 1 in the other 50AL listed later. The shape of this governor housing is the same as the first produced and very rare & desirable #1 dial (not pictured). Equipped with an early 132D dial face having "long distance" around the numeral "0".

The 132D dial configuration was used on rural lines where no prefix or suffix was necessary, and also on Private Automatic Exchanges that typically had only two or three numbers to identify each station. Unmarked fingerstop.


Western Electric #50AL Dial Desk Stand

Western Electric #50AL Dial Deskstand Later #2A Dial Type 1 #2AB Dial Top view of Dial

c. 1919-1928 - First dial candlestick produced by Western Electric. Early base stamped 1918 on right side of base. Later Type 1 #2A dial with "2A" stamped into back of dial case. Notice progression in the shape of the governor housing from earlier type in previously listed 50AL. Additionally, there was no adjustment notch in either adjustment slot. 132B dial face.


Western Electric #50CM Dial Desk Stand

Click Thumbnails For Larger Views Close ups of Button and Internal View of Switch

c.1919-1928 - Rare model with a transmitter cut-out button on the shaft. "New Old Stock" Type 3 #2AB dial - astounding


Western Electric #51AL Dial Desk Stand

#51AL Dial Desk Stand #2AC Dial Closeup View of #2AC Dial Receiver Cap Closeup of Dial Case

c. mid 20's - Early Type 2 #2AC dial stamped "Pat App For". Notice progression in governor housing. Now has a 45 degree angle cut around the outer rim and still no adjustment notch in either adjustment slot. The later Type 2 dial has an adjustment notch in one adjustment slot (not pictured). The rare #2AC dial pictured was produced for early coin collectors. As I don't collect coin collectors, I decided to display it on this phone due to its rarity. This dial configuration was discontinued by 1928. Note: Markings on receiver cap.