Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Technological Advances on the Farm...

350 - W Western Electric Hand Crank Telephone
Western Electric Company was from 1881-1995 an American Electrical Engineering Company.
Headquarters in New York City, NY. Customers did not own their own phones but leased them...for more info on this company click the link.
The Western Electric number 317 magneto wall phones were introduced in 1907 and remained in production for about thirty years. The model number remained the same however, many changes were seen in the phone through the years.
The earliest version of the 317 was in production for a short time. The back board had an arched top with the line terminals attached. This is called a cathedral top. The door had a decorative groove routed around the base of the transmitter which is referred to as a picture frame front. This phone used a No. 122 Western Electric receiver with external terminals (commonly called a 'pony' receiver) and a No. 229 solid-back transmitter. Internally, the earliest phones had a 'red bar' magneto that was commonly found in the model 301 phones. Note that the door was hinged to open left to right. This was found to interfere with the magneto crank and later versions of the 317 had door arrangements to open right to left.

Jimmy's cell phone...:) Wonder what apps it has?

My Dad gave this to us....traded some tractor parts for this practically perfect condition antique! Thanks Dad for your wheelin' and dealin'!!



6 comments:

Channon said...

Neato!!!!

Ms. Diva said...

My grandmother gave me one of those!! I love it!!!

Coggie said...

Awesome! I love antiques.

Courtney said...

That is an awesome phone, I think Jimmy might be able to get a couple apps on it..:-) LOL

You should take that one antique roadshow :-)

Dawn said...

That's really cool! ;O)

g-girl said...

wow. that is SO cool!!