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Western Electric #51C Dial Desk Stand
c. mid 20's - From
Detroit Police Dept.; Precinct 4 "as removed from
service" condition. Type 3 #2AB dial with
patent dates on side.
Western Electric #151AL Dial Desk Stand
c. early 30's - The 151 series were
updated 50AL's and 51AL's with the original perch markings
stamped over. These changes were to accommodate anti-sidetone. Type 4 (last style) #2AB dial with patent
dates on back of case. Notice progression in governor case
with an adjustment notch in one adjustment slot. Bulldog transmitter; 706A receiver.
Western Electric #152AB Dial Desk Stand
|c. early 30's - The 152AB was used primarily in places
where the telephone answerer needed to keep hands-free to
take notes, write orders, stamp tickets and the like. One of
the most common places was in a newspaper's newsroom or
railroad terminals and stations. Amazingly, I have a friend
who observed this model still in use at a New England
railway location as late as the early 70s.
number card holder specifically designed to fit "bulldog"
type transmitters. Although displayed here on a dial stick,
use of this rare style number card holder would have likely
been limited to obsolete manual (without dials) candlesticks
or wall phones that were updated with bulldog transmitters
in order to delay their demise. Also has a base ring
Western Electric A1 Desk Phone
c. 1927 -
The A1 or AA1 was Western Electric's first cradle style desk
phone with a very limited production. It is sort of a cross
between the earlier dial candlestick type and the up and
coming style having a cradle with handset. This one is
equipped with a #2GB dial, a Personal Preference, although
its actual use on the A1 is the subject of much debate. (See back of dial on
Page 6: #2EA dial). The
#2G dial was a factory updated #2A dial with the "W" or fifth terminal added.
Shortly thereafter, the #2H dial was produced. Note: The early E1
handset marked D80370; 395 transmitter and 557 receiver
which is correct for this model.
Pair of Western Electric B1 Desk Phones
1927-1930 - All parts on both are
dated 1930 including mount, transmitter, element, receiver
element, dial and dial face. Phone on left equipped
with a #132E Party Line dial face.
B-1's had two distinctly different style of "strain relief"
for cord attachment. Earlier (shown on left) had no
date inside of mount having a large rectangular plate like
cord attachment and later (on right) with date designation
has modified plate with two ears for strain relief.