This box of the Ericofon originally contained a Sahara phone as you can read. “Manufactured by North Electric Company, Galion Ohio” it reads on the side.
But what does the information mean on this side? It gives some more insight on the specifications and history of the phone.
6 70: This is a date indication. The phone dates back to the 6th week of 1960. Guess this was the date that the box was filled and left the factory. This type of indication you can find all over the place on the Ericofon. On shells, on chassis… Typical forms of appearance are 06 70, 0670, 7006 or 70 06 as well. So if anything looks like a date, it most likely is a date.
522726: this number indicates the whole Ericofon and can be used for ordering a specific phone. Here’s the part of documentation from 1962 describing the codes for the 8 specific colours that were available. Actually it makes the next two indicators obsolete.
Sahara: obvious what this means I would say. 😉
52L: This is indicating the type of phone that was in the box. Here’s the part of the documentation from 1962 explicitly describing the 4 types of Ericofons.
For me this box came with a Old Case Candle Glow from 1957… not too bad either.
In these surreal times around the globe you will also get a sort of update from my side, although Ericofons are not the most important issue on earth nowadays… With the Covid-19 virus spreading rapidly in most countries, only a loud call for an S.O.S would be relevant from the Cobra.
Although snakes are not related in the virus development as far as we know it, the title implies exactly what it is about. A silent enemy that creeps closer without us noticing it, SOS! But how difficult times will be, we always have to stay positive and do our best to come out strong. As spring has started today with a blue sunny sky and nature awakes with blossom on trees and bushes this is hopefully more easy.
My message to all of you would be to please folow the local rules and regulations that apply to your country. You can spread it when you are not sick at all. Take care and most of all: stay healthy!!
In the years I keep track of my expericiences with Ericofons on this site, many visitors from many countries have visited this place. Some of them just visit and read, some have questions, others need parts. It is a nice way to learn and share information, also for me.
Sometimes I sell or trade Ericofons. With other collectors or with people who just want to own one. Because they like the design or their parents had one in the past when they were a kid. Actually the latter happens quite often. When I ship a phone I keep track of the country they are travelling to.
It was early January, just 2 weeks ago, when I stumbled upon someone selling 26 Ericofons in one sale. A guy from Denmark had this whole lot he wanted to get rid off. Well, you are the right address here, although I have never bought so many phones in one shot.
Just a few days later the whole lot arrived and the unpack party started. This is just a great experience. In total the lot contained 18 shells in various colors and states and 8 complete phones. There was also a small box with parts (e.g. gaskets, springs, screws, hardware sets etc).
Amongst the lot there was this one Ericofon I needed to have myself, a Touch Tone Sahara in complete and very good shape. Cool addition as number 78. A complete Crystal Mint flat model from the lot replaced my own Ericofon as it was in much better shape. On top there was a Taj Mahal NOS shell that ended up in my collection as a replacement of a partly yellowed one. Quite a catch!
The rest of the boxes will feed my stock of parts and phones to be sold.
As we had some serious things changing in the house in the past few months, it was time for some new furniture as well. And luckily for me, we all agreed that the Ericofons still deserved a nice place in the living, but in a different setting.
So we went shopping for a nice cupboard but were not able to find one that we both liked and also served the goal: house all 77 phones. So in the end we decided to go for a custom made cupcoard here. One to fit the whole collection without having a too prominent attendance in the living room. The second part we did not succeed to manage… They are able to make one exactly how we wanted it to be. We decided to go for what is called a ‘pharmacy type’.
It is still a big piece of furniture (2m20 high and 1m10 wide), but with the white inside and glass on 3 sides, it looks a lot smaller and not that massive. We are very happy with this.
All 77 birds are now safely caged. Saves me a lot of dusting (I hope).
It is going to be a habit to post something on special new phones in autumn. So obviously this is not the time to be sad, despite the shortening, rainy and dark days we experience as of this week.
As this is the 100th *yeah* post on this site there is a reason for a double celebration: I have my 18 Old Cases series complete!! This week a Chartreuse changed owner and as I have been looking quite some time for this one, I am really happy to finally have it in my collection.
Buying a Chartreuse went wrong for a couple of times, but not this time! With the wrong light, some yellowing and a bad picture the online Crystal Mint easily transforms into a Chartreuse. I haven’t seen an Old Case with the color code inside the shell sofar. Which I could check on the Flat as it is marked with 520545. So that was a safe buy. But this time there was no way to actually check it beforehand. Chartreuse is one of my favorite colors in the Ericofon portfolio I must say.
I’ll post a picture of all 18 Old Cases together later. Cheers!
It is summer, it is hot and the house needs to be cleaned up. Not my favorite task, but it really needs to be done. As we have some major changes being done in the house we need to make some space. The Ericofon activities are unfortunatelly for the moment second priority. But I’ll try to post something at least every month as you are used to. But it will be chit-chat as I do have my collection stowed away in boxes for the moment and no place to work on any phone at all.
Over the years I have gathered a lot of stuff that I do not really need anymore, but it was just a waste to get rid of it. You never know… One of the things that I found in the garage was a box with approximately 100 phone cables. Originating from over a dozen countries it is quite a nice collection of plugs as well. hmm 😉
After taking the picture I sat in the sun starting to sort out the chaos in front of me and I took out the original Ericofon cables. There were just a few in there… The rest, damaged, sticky, dirty and yellowed I took away for recycling.
The 700’s are not so common but from time to time I come across one. The ones in my own collection were pretty much okay and did not need to be taken fully apart. Removing the base is not such an issue but keep in mind that you normally damage or destroy the dried out gasket with it.
But recently I got another White 700 that was in a terrible shape. So I took a first ride in the dark to take a 700 fully apart. Meaning including the earpiece…
With the information from the ericofon.com site I started to pry up the left upper corner and shifted the earpiece slowly to the left. Quite an interesting and nearly impossible move… But I managed.
It seems that this chassis is, by coincidence, quite exceptional. Normally the chassis of the 700 connects in the neck of the shell to the speakerunit (including a ringer) either with a flatcable or a fixed connector. In this Ericofon this is not the case.
Typical is the speaker connection to the chassis by 2 wires only. The phone works fine but there is no ringer. This setup I haven’t seen before. Someone any clue on the origin?
In the company where I work we have an art game ongoing at the moment. The theme is Diversity and Inclusion, related to the professional working environment of course. Employees are asked to make art around that theme.
As we have many employees from different backgrounds, in all sorts of ways, this is a very important topic to us within the company. Differences, and the embracement of the awareness of it, make us strong.
Inspired by this game, but not yet knowing if I will participate, I took my camera and started to make some pictures today. A few of them I can already share with you here.
My personal experience is that diversity in teams with colleagues and customers makes everything well balanced. For me this is not only about roots, gender or age, but much broader than that.