This is an all original 1953 Western Electric 500 desk set - never restored - in nearly pristine condition. All dates in this telephone (except the 1955 line cord with a 4-prong 283B jack plug) are March 1953. In other words, this baby has never been messed with.
Found a month ago at an antique mall in northern Connecticut, I could not believe its condition. I felt like I had just opened up a little old lady's garage door and found a 1953 Caddy with only 3,000 miles on the odometer (you get the picture).
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Classic 20th century accessories for your retro family room, den, bedroom or patio. Our telephones are fully functional and highly collectible. They have been meticulously and authentically restored to look and work as well as the day they left the factory. Our telephones are completely compatible with existing telephone company central office switching equipment. However, a rotary-to-touchtone converter may be required where telephone service is provided by cable TV, the Internet (VOIP), or on any telephone service that does not support pulse dialing.
We specialize in meticulously and authentically restored telephones by
suppliers for the BELL SYSTEM telephone companies.
As a result of hundreds of customer inquiries over the past few years, and especially for the benefit of new telephone collectors, we have expanded our website to include more historical and technical information about the various Western Electric telephones and accessories we offer. Much of this information on our website was gleaned from over forty-five years of inquiry and empirical observation, as well as from some excellent books and publications we cite below:
Desk Telephones of the Bell System (1993), by Dr. Lawrence Wolff From the Far Corners of the Earth (1939), published by Western Electric 100 Years of Bell Telephones (1995), by Richard Mountjoy Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Supplies Catalog No. 3 (1916) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Supplies Catalog No. 7 (1929) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Cable 1930-31 Edition (1930) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Cable Catalog No. 9 (1935) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Cable Catalog No. 10 (1939) Western Electric Telephone Apparatus and Cable Catalog No. 11 (1950) and numerous Bell Systems Practices bulletins
For those who would like to know more about Western Electric telephones, we highly recommend both Mr. Mountjoy’s and Dr. Wollf’s excellent and well researched books. Dr. Wolff’s book is available through the Antique Telephone Collectors Association (www.atcaonline.com). Mr. Mountjoy’s book may be obtained through Phoneco, Inc. of Galesville, WI (www.phonecoinc.com)
Wistful Vista Telephone Co.® telephones look and work like they just came from the factory. Still, customers are advised that the original telephones we sell are old – some of them over 100 years old. Over the years, some have acquired minor imperfections in the metal and/or bakelite surfaces, which will not detract from their functionality, beauty or collector value. However, original bakelite parts will be free of cracks, chips and significant gouges. The availability and prices of all items listed on this website are subject to change without notice.
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