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Western Electric 2565 Key Set with 51A Lamps

Western Electric 2565 Key Set with 51A Lamps

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While I was photographing the voltmeter on my workbench, I thought you might like one of my current projects. This is a WE 2565 key set on a 1A2 key system, one of the products of the legendary Bell system.

The key lamps are Sylvania 51A telephone lamps. The second line button is depressed on this key set, making the line lamp glow. Another key set is active on line one, making the first line lamp glow. The lamp flashes (at 1 Hz) to indicate an incoming call, stays on to indicate the line is active, and winks to indicate a held call. No, the red Hold key typically does not light to indicate a held call!

You can see one of the 51A lamps at the bottom of the picture.

This is still one of the all-around best key systems ever made in my opinion! Newer systems have more whiz-bang features, but this has rock-solid reliability and simplicity. Furthermore, a good telephone man can make this system do nearly anything.

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Light Information

Light Information

Manufacturer:Sylvania
Model Number:51A
Lamp Type:Incandescent
Base:Telephone Slide
Fabrication Date:Probably late 1970s to 1980s
Fixture Type:Key Telephone
Lamp Life:Longer than the Bell system!
Use:Telephone Line Status Indication
Voltage:10 Volt
Ballast Type:Mechanical Interrupter

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Mar 24, 2011 at 05:43 PM Author: Mercury Man
Ah, the days of good old "Ma Bell". Back when people never thought there would be such a thing as wireless phones. Before there was "caller ID", and when you picked up the phone, you never knew who was going to be on the line. There were also rotary-dial versions of this type of phone. I always liked the BIG multi-line phones, which had two-dozen buttons on it (similar to those in those USA Prime Credit commercials that feature "Peggy").

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Mar 24, 2011 at 05:56 PM Author: rjluna2
I have always like the classic touch tone phone shape. I still have one at my bedroom minus the extra button at the bottom right next to my TDD.

Maybe I should post the VFD TDD sometimes

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Mar 24, 2011 at 06:02 PM Author: nogden
Yes, I also like the larger multi line phones. I don't have any since I don't have that many lines, but they are neat! I also have a new ITT 2565 with LEDs instead of incandescent lamps.

All of my phones are the "classic" 500/2500 shape or 2554 wall mounts. I don't use anything else. They aren't all Western Electric, but they are the same idea.

I get a kick out of the "Peggy" commercials as well! I like how they used the blinking line lamps to decorate their Christmas tree for one of their ads.

rjluna2, are you saying that your phone has a special button for the TDD? If so, I'd like to see it. That would be neat!
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Mar 24, 2011 at 06:41 PM Author: Mercury Man
This is the best "Peggy" commercial: Click here to see

This is the one where all the phone lines are blinking, and Peggy says...well, I won't ruin it for you.

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Mar 24, 2011 at 06:57 PM Author: rjluna2
@nogden: I am sorry that I forgot to say that the acronym TDD stand for Telecommunication Device for the Deaf. Basically a device with normal qwerty keyboard with one line (up to 80 characters) VDF alphanumeric display. That old TDD has acoustic coupler that fits in with my old phone. The TDD have their own baudout of only 50 bit per second or less.

I am also sure our deaf members have their own TDD device as well.

Pretty, please no more Chinese failure.

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Mar 24, 2011 at 07:05 PM Author: nogden
I am familiar with a TDD. It just thought maybe you had a phone with a special interface for a TDD, which I would like to see. I am familiar with the typical acoustic couplers.

Thanks for posting that link, Brian! That is great.
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Mar 24, 2011 at 10:28 PM Author: Mercury Man
By the way, the type font used for the buttons on your phone is called "Courier". During the time that these touch-tone phones were prevalent, the IBM Selectric typewriter was the most "modern" form of word-processing.

Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, when one would walk into an office, one would hear the jingling of mechanical "hammer-and-bell" style phones, and the chunkity chunk chunk sound of IBM Selectric typewriters in hardcore use.

In fact, around that same time, my father used to dutifully make car/house insurance payments every month at the Amaden-Gay Insurance Agency in the town in which we lived. I will never forget that there was a morbidly obese woman who sat at the front desk, who always accepted my dad's insurance payments. She looked up as we entered the office, smiled, said, "Hello, Mr. Jacob", and accepted our payment all while her fingers continued to fly across the keyboard of an IBM Selectric typewriter. Upon reflection, I hope they paid that woman well, because she was awesome...she could carry on a conversation while she typed AND answered the phone. People are too spoiled these days with "modern technology".

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Mar 25, 2011 at 12:16 AM Author: icefoglights
I've been fond of those style phones also. My family never had one, but a few of my friend's families growing up had them. Way back, when I was very little, we did have the old wall mount rotary style. It was initially installed in the kitchen. I remember my parents bought a new upright freezer, and had to have the phone company come and move the phone, since it was where the freezer would go. For about a week or so, we had to have the freezer parked away from the wall, so the phone could be used behind it. It was finally moved to the back hallway, than later replaced with a touch tone model, and later a standard walljack replaced that, with mid-80s style maroon Conairphone.

The only multiline phones I really have much experience is the Rolm systems, and I've often transfered people to outer space with them
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Mar 25, 2011 at 06:29 AM Author: nogden
Rolms are nice as well. I mainly work on Nortel stuff, Norstar and Option 11 PBX. It is older stuff now, but it works!
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