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A classic Phone from across the pond, yes another hobby of mine.

A classic Phone from across the pond, yes another hobby of mine.

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This phone goes well back and its fitted with a rotary dial to operate the automatic selectors at the exchange (central office) which routed the call to another subscriber. This system was invented by a Mr Strowger who was an undertaker and was loosing business to a competitor.His wife worked as a operator and would divert calls when a call came in for the services of a undertaker to her husband. This was made by Western Electric and run by Bell System, in Canada Northern Electric did the business. Model number is B1 and handset E1. These needed a bell set or subset to work properly, not shown here but I do have one and this is fully working on the BT system.

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Feb 03, 2014 at 01:35 PM Author: DieselNut
Much older than the old rotary dial phone I have in use in my kitchen, but mine is probably from the 1950s.

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Feb 03, 2014 at 01:56 PM Author: migette1
Hi you have probably got a 500 set which were very popular in the US. Further info can be found on Rotary Phone Forums. Thanks DieselNut

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