An Automatic Electric Model LPC 82-55 3-Slot Payphone
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An Antique Automatic Electric 3-Slot Payphone With A Working Coin Mechanism _____ Submitted For Your Consideration: A 100% Authentic and Original Automatic Electric Model LPC 82-55 Prepay, 10 cent, 3-slot payphone. _____ This Is The Only 3-Slot Payphone Currently On Ebay With A Coin Mechanism That Functions In A 100% Historically Correct Way. _____ There are sellers on Ebay that have tried and failed to duplicate the way these payphones operated when they were in service. Since they aren't capable of replicating history, they decided to rewrite it. Using double-talk to misrepresent, distort or rewrite history is an insult to history and your intelligence. This is the only 3-slot payphone currently on Ebay with a functioning coin mechanism that isn't a figment of someone's imagination. Its operation is 100% historically correct. _____ Payphone History The Gray Paystation Mfg. Co. held the patent for the gravity drop coin signaling mechanism used in 3-slot payphones, and manufactured them for the Bell System until 1935. In 1948, Automatic Electric bought the payphone division of The Gray Paystation Mfg. Co. In 1957, Automatic Electric became part of General Telephone and Electronics (GTE). By the mid-1980s, Automatic Electric (GTE) discontinued manufacturing 3-slot payphones and scrapped their stock of finished sub-assemblies and parts. The parts used to build the payphone in this auction where purchased at that time. I am fortunate to have a source for these NOS parts. _____ The Payphone Is Supplied With: A telephone line coupler/power supply A top and front mounted instruction card holder with instruction cards The proper vintage locks and keys A chrome Automatic Electric vault door _____ 'Automatic Electric' (?) There are many auctions on Ebay that 'say' they are for Automatic Electric payphones; some are, some aren't. Automatic Electric on the outside doesn't always mean it's Automatic Electric on the inside. ___ The picture below shows the payphone in this auction with the top removed. It was built using 100% vintage 'new old stock' Automatic Electric parts; then the circuitry needed for coin control was added. This is explained in detail further in the auction. ___ Now, compare that picture to the one below. It is from one of my 2009 auctions. It shows what isn't authentic Automatic Electric and explains why. All of what you read below in italics was in that auction. "The long blue printed circuit board is the speech network. It was built by the Teltronics Corp. of Gainsville, Florida. Teltronics manufactured complete, inexpensive 'after market' circuit boards that replaced the electronics of Automatic Electric 3-slots. They were used by refurbishers to rebuild payphones economically and get them 'out the door' and back into revenue-producing service as quickly as possible. Although not high quality, they did an adequate job. ___ Any 3-slot that has one of these boards is not an authentic Automatic Electric payphone. If the seller is knowledgeable and honest, this will be noted in the auction and the payphone valued accordingly." ___ If you were buying an antique car would you pay top dollar if it had a generic after-market engine? ___ Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, the reason for the use of Teltronics boards was not because Automatic Electric stopped selling replacement parts for 3-slot payphone "early on" or at any other time. That statement is nonsense! As a matter of fact, ten years after they discontinued manufacturing 3-slot payphones huge quantities of replacement parts were still being offered to payphone refurbishers by AE (GTE) . The 'new old stock' parts used to build the payphone in this auction were purchased at that time. ___ You'll find Teltronics boards in the last of the 3-slots that were taken out of service because they allowed these payphones to be rebuilt quickly and at minimal cost. These are the same payphones you'll find in salvage yards throughout the country today. They've been piled up rusting and rotting for 30 years. I DON'T USE THOSE PAYPHONES! ___ Unlike the AE parts they replaced, Teltronics boards were the completely built and tested 3-slot electronics of the payphone. They could be installed in a payphone housing in a matter of minutes. Although their quality was poor, it was good enough to keep these payphones alive. Remember, we are talking about a time in history when 3-slots were being phased out. There was no need to worry about them working 'well into the future'. _____ Spike The Junkyard Dog If the tray in the payphone you're thinking of bidding on is painted the same color as the payphone's case you can bet it spent many unhappy years in the company of Spike, the junkyard dog. Click to hear Spike. Good dog! ___ After being tossed in junkyards and exposed to 'the great outdoors', the weather (and Spike) for over a quarter of a century, the trays, the payphone bottoms and the hardware that screwed them together were so rusted that it was impossible to take them apart. The only thing that could be done with these parts was to sandblast off the rust and what was left of the old finish, then paint them as one piece. That's the reason some payphones for sale on Ebay have 'colour coordinated' trays. It's not a fashion statement, it's because they're junk. Before you bid on a 3-slot offered by another seller (regardless of the color) make sure that the pictures in the auction are of the payphone you will actually be getting and not stock photos. Take a CLOSE look at the condition of the payphone's case by copying the pictures into a photoprogram and enlarging them. ___ Don't confuse the scars left by rust under a freshly painted payphone case with 'patina'. Where I come from that's not called 'patina', that's called 'junk'! ___ All 3-slot payphone trays had a Chromate finish, regardless of who manufactured them. In newer models the Chromate was yellow (gold), in older models it was clear. These trays were never painted. ___ Below is a picture of a 'new old stock' bottom assembly. It shows what the tray should look like. Not a dog in sight-sorry Spike. _____ Payphone's Bottom Assembly The pictures below are 'stock' photos of an assembled bottom as I receive them and exactly like the one used to build this payphone. The last digit (A) in the part number designates the color (black). Rotary Automatic Electric payphones were available in 12 colors. A- Black B- Beige C- Med. Gray D- Dark Green E- Ivory F- Red G- Turquoise J- Pink M- White K- Lt. Blue S- Chrome ____ The Payphone's Top Assembly The picture below is a 'stock' photo of a top assembly just like the one used to build this payphone. It is right out of storage and is an example of exactly how I receive them. These tops were built and tested by GTE. _____ LPC Wiring Harness And Network Below is a picture of a new wiring harness and network board exactly like the ones used to build this payphone. They came wrapped in brown paper. The part numbers were stamped on the paper. Not very fancy, but it did the job! The LPC wiring harness was universal. By connecting the lugged leads in different ways on a terminal strip, the various models used for different types of payphone service (prepay, semipostpay or local prepay) were assembled. In previous models such as the LPA or LPB, the wiring harnesses for each type of payphone service were different and could not be interchanged. Below is a picture of the actual wiring harness and network board layed out on the back casting used to build the payphone in this auction, before it was assembled. (I wonder where all those wires go?) _____ Pile O'Payphone The payphone was assembled using these parts in exactly the same way it would have been by Automatic Electric. _____ Added Circuitry After this payphone was assembled, a coin control module that I designed and manufactured was installed and the coin relay modified to work with it. Below is a picture of a coin control module. The 9V battery is for size comparison only. There are no batteries in this payphone. The coin control module is mounted in the area between the outside wall of the tray and the inside wall of the payphone's bottom on the right side. The 'stock' photo below shows the module mounted before the track for the coin can was installed. ___ When these payphones were in service, deposited coins were collected only if the called party actually answered. Unfortunately, do to changes in telephone technology, a payphone that is capable of operating that way today would be very expensive. Since this payphone is being used for amusement purposes and is not a revenue producing public telephone, the coin return/collect function can be timed. The payphone switches from coin return to collect 60 seconds after the initial deposit is made. This gives enough time to: Dial all the digits of the phone number, even if it has lots of 9s and 0s, which take the most time to dial Allows time for the call to connect Gives the called party time to answer after 3 or 4 rings ___ Timing this function adds coin control at a realistic cost. ___ The coin control module operates the coin mechanism of the payphone exactly as it would have operated when the payphone was in actual service. A small external 9 volt power supply powers both the coin control module and the coin mechanism. The control module and the coin mechanism take no power, receive no information, and are totally isolated from the phone line. This payphone was designed to operate with modern features such as 'Call Waiting'. There is no need to worry that this payphone won't work with your present telephone service, or if you change telephone service providers in the future. A Rotary To Touch Tone Converter can be added outside of the payphone at the wall jack, if it becomes necessary. Every original detail has been duplicated in the design of this unique payphone; even the precise timing of the delay when deposited coins are returned or collected. These details are what give this payphone 'PERSONALITY' ____ USING THIS PAYPHONE IS LIKE TAKING A STEP BACK IN TIME! ____ The pictures of the payphone in this auction are the actual item you will receive. They are not 'stock' photographs. If a 'stock' photograph is used, it will as a sample for historic or educational purposes and it will labeled 'stock'. ___ Obviously the fun of using this payphone is making outgoing calls because you are using the coin mechanism. You answer incoming calls as you would with any phone. ____ PLEASE! Make sure your telephone service provider supports rotary dialing before you bid. If they don't, you will have to add a Rotary To Touch Tone converter between the payphone and the phone line. ___ This payphone was never intended to be used as a profit-making public telephone. It is sold for amusement purposes only! ___ Scroll down and look at the pictures with detailed descriptions. Please do not hesitate to email any questions you may have. _____ Coin Control Module The brain of the payphone is the programable coin control module. The coin control module tells the coin mechanism of the payphone how and when to operate. The operation of the coin control module and the coin mechanism is a function of the length of time the payphone's handset is off hook after the initial deposit is made. When a dime or two nickels is deposited in the payphone, a short circuit that prevented the dial from functioning is removed and a signal is sent to the coin control module. When the coin control module receives this signal it tells the coin mechanism to: Eventually refund the initial deposit if the handset of the payphone is hung up before an elapsed time of about 60 seconds from the time the deposit was made; Eventually collect the initial deposit if the handset of the payphone is hung up after an elapsed time of about 60 seconds from the time the deposit was made; Perform this refund / collect function with a delay of 2-4 seconds after the handset is hung up (this timing is dependent on the model and vintage of the payphone); Perform this refund / collect function for a period of 1 second so that the deposited coin will have sufficient time to clear the coin mechanism before it resets. ___ Automatic Electric payphones have a second assembly associated with the coin mechanism that 'counts' the number of nickels that are deposited. If you scroll down to the picture of the inside of the payphone's top, it is highlighted. When the coin control module signals the coin mechanism to reset, it is 'talking' to two assemblies that are mounted in different areas of the payphone. These two electro-mechanical assemblies, resetting at different rates, give Automatic Electric payphones a unique mechanical sound. It's another one of the characteristics of these payphones that give them 'Personality' ___ Each coin control module is individually programmed to assure the operation of the payphone it is installed in is historically correct. The coin control module is doing what the telephone company central office did in the past. ______ The Payphone's Top This is the inside of the actual top of the payphone in this auction. Notice the nickel counting assembly that is mounted on the coin track. The coil (*) is an electromagnet that restores this assembly to its 'normal' position when the coin control module tells the coin mechanism to reset. It is this device and the coin relay operating together that give Automatic Electric payphones a unique sound when they collect or refund deposited coins. The lock is a type 29S. It is the proper lock for all Automatic Electric payphones. Below is a close-up of the label on the left hand inner wall. It is a GTE inventory tag from 1981. ___ Phone Line/Power Supply Coupler With An Electronic Ringer The coupler connects the payphone to the telephone line and a 9 volt power supply that powers the coin control module and the coin mechanism. It has a built-in electronic ringer. ___ Below is a close-up of the coupler with the cover removed. The green device is the speaker for the electronic ringer. The ringer circuitry is under the speaker. The back of the coupler is covered with double-faced tape. It is easily attached to a baseboard near the floor below the payphone. The gray telephone cable plugs into the telephone line. The small power supply plugs into a standard 110V outlet. The power supply is UL listed. If the winner of this auction requires a power supply that is 230V AC, it will be supplied in place of the 110V unit at no extra cost. ____ The payphone plugs into the connector in the top of the coupler. ___ Instruction Cards This payphone comes with a top and front mounted instruction card frame. The front instruction card is a photocopy of an original 'Autelco' Automatic Electric. The top card is a resized copy of a GTE booth card. It is being supplied with this payphone purely as a decoration. ___ Booth cards were advertising that were mounted in frames inside phonebooths. They were never intended to be mounted on the payphone. _____ Locks The payphone is equipped with a 29S lock and key for the top and a 10L lock with 2 keys for the coin vault. _____ Memories One of the characteristics of 3-slot payphones that gave them their personality was the delay after the handset was hung up, until the deposited coins were returned or collected. If you were a kid in the 1950s and 60s and grew up using 3-slots you didn't just hang up a payphone and walk away. Back then ten cents was a lot of money to a kid! A candy bar cost 5 cents. A Coke (in a real glass bottle) was a dime. Maybe 'accidentally' the coins in the payphone would be returned instead of collected. So, after you hung up you stood and watched the payphone and waited and waited and waited! Remember? This payphone was designed to mirror every original characteristic of the way you remember these payphones operating in 'the good old days'. ___ Any 3-slot that purports to have "a fully functioning coin mechanism" and instantly returns or collects the deposited coins when the handset is hung up is poorly designed and not historically correct. _____ If You Own A 3-Slot Payphone If you already own a prepay 3-slot payphone that is in 'as removed from service condition' and you would like the coin mechanism to operate, click on 'See Other Items' at the beginning of this auction. I manufacture an outboard payphone controller for that purpose. Adding an outboard controller to your payphone is more cost-effective than buying a payphone with built-in coin control. _____ Directors, Set Designers & Prop Houses Because this payphone functions exactly as it would for the period in time it represents, it is very easy to work with. There is no need to 'act' that the payphone works; plug it into any phone line and it does. Plug another phone into the same line and you can talk to, cue, or prompt the actor during the performance while he is using the payphone. This payphone is ANIMATED; it is not just a visual prop. The sounds produced by this payphone when coins are deposited, refunded or collected can be used as a source of authentic audio. _____ Sorry, No Popcorn The payphone in the video that follows is a twin to the one being offered in this auction. They were built at the same time and are functionally identical. This video won't win any awards but it does an adequate job demonstating the operation of the payphone's coin mechanism. ___ Pay close attention to the timing of the various coin functions. Notice the time delay before the payphone returns or collects deposited coins. 3-slot payphones NEVER instantly returned or collected deposited coins when the handset was hung up. ___ The nickel counting assembly is shown resetting from the one nickel position because the travel of the armature is more pronounced and easier to see. ___ This payphone was designed to mirror every original characteristic of the way these payphones operated in actual service. ___ The telephone audio you hear is from a 'Spokesman' telephone amplifier connected to the phone line and out of camera view. ___ _____ A Suggestion Before you buy a 3-slot payphone from me or any seller on Ebay I suggest you first do a little research. 'Payphone History' is the most comprehensive study of the evolution of the payphone ever undertaken. It is the result of an enormous amount of research. It covers over 100 years of payphone history. The author, Ron Knappen, is a recognized expert on the subject. The book is available on Ebay. Do a search for Ebay seller: THISUNDTHAT5HNQ ____ Thanks for looking and have a great day! ____ Terms of Sale Bidding If you have zero feedback you must contact us before bidding. If you have more than 3 negatives in the past year you must contact us before bidding. We reserve the right to cancel any bid for any reason. Payment Payment is by Paypal ONLY! Payment must be made within 24 hours of the close of the auction. New York State residents must add 8.7% Sales Tax or email a valid Tax Resale Certificate after the close of the auction. Shipping and Insurance We Do Not Make A Profit On Shipping! No local pickup - all items must be shipped. We only ship via UPS within the U. S. Insurance is MANDATORY! We ship the 1-2 business day after payment is received. We only ship via UPS in the US. Foreign bidders please note: Foreign shipments are by USPS. Customs Declarations are filled out accurately. What is on the Customs Declaration is what is in the box. The declared value on the Customs Declaration is the exact amount of the winning bid. The winning bidder is solely responsible for all taxes, fees and duties. Packing Their is no charge for packing. Packing material is a cost of doing business. The payphone is encased in 2 inches of bubble wrap. It is then double-boxed with bubble wrap between the two boxes. The outer box is an extra heavy duty type ECT-44. _____ Every effort is made to insure that what comes out of the box at your end is in the same condition it was in when it went into the box at our end. 30