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Western Electric 132B Dial Face

Detail of Dial Face

Pictured are two 132B dial faces and both are stamped 132B on the back. The one on the left is what is normally found. The one on the right is noticeable different. Note the Z above the operator at the "0" location. The Z is found on later 149 and 150 dial faces, but not normally on 132 faces.

Western Electric #2 AG Dial

Click thumbnails for larger view Western Electric #2 AG Dial Side View of #2 AG dial 132G face

c. pre 1929 - Extremely rare. Interesting configuration of letters. Pictured here is a #2 dial with a 132G face. The AG configuration is the rarest of WE#2 dials. I am unsure of its application, although there is speculation it was provided to independently owned telephone companies. It was discontinued in 1929.

Western Electric #2CB Dial

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c. 1929 - Pictured above is a #2 dial with a standard 132B face. Fingerstop reads 2CB. It's application was intended for use with company test man hand sets. It differs from the standard #2AB dial only that it was adjusted to return at a somewhat higher speed and carried the identifying CB fingerstop. This one is mint and dated 1929. (I especially like the number card with Keystone).

I have an additional #2 dial (would have been a CB) removed from a fresh find test set with a fingerstop having no markings (blank) so possibly at some time, either early or later they did not equip all with stamped stops. Again, it's Western Electric...often nothing was set in stone!

Western Electric #2AH Dial

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c. pre 1929 - Extremely Rare. Pictured here is a #2 dial with a H type face. The AH configuration is another one of the rarer WE#2 dials, the face being totally void of any markings. It was used on #50 coin collectors before 1928. Unlike the #2AC dial (pictured earlier on the #51 Desk Stand) the AH dial was used in conjunction with a 56A dial adapter.

The adapter was somewhat different than the daisy ring we usually see. I have never seen one in person, but from what I have been told, it was a stamped-steel adapter into which a porcelain type "daisy wheel" was fastened. The faceplate had 3 threaded parts that extended thru the adapter fastened by 3 acorn cap nuts.

Western Electric #2 EA Dial

c. 1927ish - Pictured here are a pair of #2EA Dials. Production on this dial began about the same time as the #2GB and, other than the numbers only dial face, is identical in appearance to the #2GB dial shown on the Western Electric A1 desk set (see page 4). The #2EA was designed for use on switchman's desks, trouble desks, and local test desks of manual offices, for connecting with machine switching offices. Like the #2GB, the first #2EA's were factory altered #2A dials with the "W" or fifth terminal added and the W stamped into the back of the case.

Pictured are two style EA dials with the only difference being the finger stops. The one on the right is standard, whereas the one on the left, is equipped with a "sloping face finger stop" as identified per Bell System Practices. I understand the design was for comfort of the operator. I have often seen later dials with inside mounted stops having the "sloping face" style, but this is the fist example I have run across in an earlier outside mount stop. This dial was subsequently replaced with a H style dial.

Western Electric #4 B Dial Face

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Pictured here is a #4 dial face with B (metro) designation. Normally, metro dial faces produced after the #132B had the black letter "Z" above the "operator". This one is missing the "Z". This and the dial face above show nothing was "set in stone" with Western Electric.

Western Electric Celluloid Dial Face

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c. 1933-34 - This dial plate (face) is made of thin celluloid. It was the prototype/predecessor to the #149 Celluloid over metal type.


Sani-Dial, for close up click picture Back of Sani-Dial Package Click picture for Closeup
c. unk - This specific Sani-Dial was produced for use on Western Electric dials. They were available in gold look or chrome finish, this one being chrome. Supposedly, it had a brighter look making it easier to use the dial and could be easily cleaned in areas where peoples fingers touched.

Western Electric Plastic Dial Face

Closeup of Dial Face Closeup of Dial Face Back

c. 1950's? - Here is a very unusual and rare Western Electric PLASTIC dial face. This dial face was produced for a very short time (date unknown although most likely the 1950's). This one has no cracks or chips although some discoloration due to age. Although I do not collect phones for this period, I enjoy rare dials or dial parts from any period.

Western Electric 684A Ringer Box/Subset

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c. 1936 - Subset dated 1936. I normally do not display this type of item, but this is a more rare and unusual example.  This subset is equipped with chimes rather than the normally seen bells.