WESTERN ELECTRIC 75TH ANNIVERSARY “IMPERIAL” PHONE 1957
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WESTERN ELECTRIC 75TH ANNIVERSARY “IMPERIAL” PHONE 1957 Western Electric 202 Imperial model telephone with Gold tone base and ivory handset. Has the original fabric cord to the handset and out the back. The base is covered with “Naughahide” or leather. According to someone else on e-bay: “ONE SOLD RECENTLY FOR OVER $680.00 JUST LIKE THIS” The gold plate is in good shape. The rotary dial is smooth. Handset is nice. The cloth cord is about five feet long. Numbers on the underside show 1957. (THIS IS NOT A REPRODUCTION) This is the 30's phone the Bell System re-issued in the mid 50's. It is heavy and all original. From the Web: The Western Electric 102/202 series telephones were the first widely distributed phones which adopted the use of a single handset rather than a separate transmitter and receiver. The original "B" mount was available from 1928-1930 and is characterized by a round base and raised dial. In 1930 the "B" mount was modified to give it an elongated ovoid base. This revised mounting scheme was known as "D" mount. The dial on the "D" chassis was recessed into the front of the phone as opposed to sitting on the frame as with the "B" mount". Model "D" telephones were manufactured until 1938. They are often mistakenly called a Model 202 but this is actually a misnomer as "202" refers to a wiring scheme that that was used on both "B" and "D" mount telephones. During 1951, in celebration of their 75th anniversary, Western Electric brought out the "Imperial" version of their venerable "B" mount. Although the phone was long out of production at that time, Western Electric recycled existing "B" mounts by giving them either a gold or silver finish, and pairing them with an F series ivory handset. Low Starting Bid and Priority Shipping! As Always- Satisfaction Guaranteed!