It is quite difficult to take a decent snaphot of a white phone. But I tried in this post to show the 5 white phones in my collection. They are pretty much in the same shade 😉 Although the PTT White is ‘most white’.
From left to right:
Taj Mahal – old ear-piece with North Electric dial face and Ericotone, 1968
Taj Mahal – with North Electric dial face and Ericotone, 1972
PTT White – with PTT dial face and buzzer, 1979
Taj Mahal – North Electric Touch Tone dial face, 1970
700 White – 11 button dial, 1976
Missing still, and on my wishlist, is the Old Case Taj Mahal of course.
All plastic phones discolor in time, depending on the amount of smoke and sunlight they are exposed to during their lifetime. This can mostly be seen in the Mint Green, Pink variations and Wegdwood phones. But the color White is extremely sensitive to this process.
In the picture you see the shades of white that I encountered in 4 different PTT White phones. The one on the left is from my own collection and close to its original White. The other three are scrap shells with severe damage. But they have 1 thing in common, being the very same initial color: PTT White.
The second shell has some light yellowing, it is still okay to display and you won’t notice it too much, if it is not next to a shiny white one. Number 3 is a bit further in the process and the fourth shell is close to the Candle Glow color. Actually I bought this one as being a Candle Glow 🙁
So when you buy a phone, check the inside and the outside if you are able to. Take a screwdriver with you to open it up. In a lot of cases you will be able to see the color code (520…), although not all phones have it printed. After opening you can easily see the grade of yellowing it has gone through. Discoloring or yellowing is usually not happening on the inside. Sometimes around the holes the process can already be seen.
Also check under the stickers that are applied to the shell. The only way of getting rid of the white circle on the 3rd model is to sand the whole shell. So if you have a phone with a sticker, be carefull, because it is a lot of work.
Never scratch off a sticker. Paper stickers can be removed easily if you apply a wet tissue on top of them for about 15 minutes. Plastic stickers… use your nails to get them off. In both cases you can remove the glue residue with some ‘anti-sticker’ or oily substance. But make sure you clean it right after.
As of next week I will be receiving 3 new phones. And I am so excited! It took a while but finally I will have some models that I really wanted for quite some time.
The Old Case Mandarin and the BPO Orange models were the first ones that I cought.
The Mandarin is pretty good and besides cleaning no additional work is needed. This makes the 3rd Mandarin, so I have all 3 models now. Previously I only had all three models in Sahara. Update: This phone just arrived and is great!
The BPO Orange needs a crack to be worked on and some polishing, but it will turn out nice. Since I also have the 700 Orange, I have all orange shells, in the end it is our national color… Update: This one also arrived and the sticker on top was easily removed without leaving a spot. The crack is not that bad and can be fixed. So also this phone is going to be a great asset.
On top of that I got a Taj Mahal Touch Tone. Yeah, my first Touch Tone Ericofon!! I hope is it turning out not to be too yellowed. Update: this phone is in very nice shape as well. It is somewhat yellowed, but not that much that I have to restore the color and sand it.
When they have arrived and I have made them ‘collection ready’ I will post for sure some pictures. Update:
Central theme this weekend was the Ericofon. Besides the 3 new ones I spend quite some time polishing and refurbishing some models I got on local flea-markets. These PTT models will be for trading. So if you are interested in the PTT Ericofons and you have something for me…
On this blog you have already seen some different dial faces passing by with the Arabic being the most particular. Here are 2 others that I have not shown yet. A typical Danish and a typical French one. The basics are the same, but there are some differences in the letters as you see.
There are a few other dial faces that I would still love to have in my collection. The Norwegian and the Chinese are on the top of the list. I am not even mentioning the pushbutton models ;-). So if you read this and you are willing to sell or trade. Let me know.