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The Angelic Conversation

Last week I was able to buy a very (and I mean VERY) nice glass model of the Ericofon. The glass is very pure and clear and there is not a single disturbance visible. Looks like this phone belongs to an angel 🙂

Actually I was very curious about the story behind this perfect phone and I ended up with some details on how and when it was made. This I can share with you thanks to Bert Kindåker, the creator of this piece of art, who helped me a lot.

Reijmyre Glasbruk in Sweden, creating handmade glass objects since 1810, produced this glass model in 1990. At that time Bert was one of the designers in this rather famous Swedish glassworks factory. This is how the Reijmyre Glasbruk factory looks today – copyright Bert Kindåker

In the conversation we had, Bert also elaborated on the production of the glass Ericofon.

The customer Televerket in Sweden requested a glass model of the Ericofon to be given away as a present. As the first step in the process Bert sanded a model out of a crystal block. This model of course needed to be approved by representatives of Televerket. Once approval was given a mold in graphite could be created. The mold as being used in the production process – copyright Bert Kindåker

In the left part of the mold you see a hole and a channel around the actual shape. This hole/channel was used to suck up the liquid glass of approximately 1100 degrees Celcius under vacuum into the mold, phone after phone… 1000 times. Impressing!!

Once the glass figure was ready, it was carefully polished and engraved with the Televerket logo at the front. Beautiful!

Televerket was a Swedish state owned telecom company. It was founded in 1853 with a complex and long name and finally named Televerket in 1953. The name Televerket was used from 1953 to 1993 when it became Telia. Now it is part of Telia Company, a large multinational operator.

Some details:

  • Client: Televerket
  • Year: 1990
  • Designed by Bert Kindåker for Reijmyre Glasbruk
  • Height: 14 cm
  • Weight: 444 gr
  • Edition: 1000

And if you think “Angels, phones….? What a crappy story!” You are wrong! Yes, angels make calls and have conversations as you can see here. On the St. Jan Cathedral in The Netherlands there is a statue of an angel with a phone you can actualy call. 🙂

The Box Theme II

This box of the Ericofon originally contained a Sahara phone as you can read. “Manufactured by North Electric Company, Galion Ohio” it says on the side of the box.

But what does the information mean on this side? It gives some more insight on the specifications of the phone created by North Electric.

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 type of Ericofon. Here’s a part of the documentation from 1962 describing the codes for the 8 specific colours that were available. Actually it makes the next two indicators obsolete as this number says it all.

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.

The information above is only referring to North Electric. On top of this the model 60A was introduced, meaning the Touch Tone model.

In other countries other labelling was done. In the United Kingdom the Ericofon was labelled as ‘600’. In sweden the Ericofon was called DBJ500. Of course we all know the ‘700’ type as well, only available in Europe.

For me this particular box came with an Old Case Candle Glow from 1957… not too bad either. But for sure not the original box.

Sickness Of Snakes

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.

Corona around Royal Dubonnet

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!!

Where Are You?

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.

Where are you?

Down Under and Trumpland are obviously the most favorite places…

Feeder

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.

Two bananaboxes feed my collection and stock of parts.

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.

Caged Birds

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’.

Quite nicely organized I must say and still some room for a few more.

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).

Autumn Equinox IV

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.

Chartreuse Flat (1969) and Old Case (1960) family portrait

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!

Chaostrophy II

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 😉

Chaos…

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.

First Dark Ride

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…

A 700 White dismantled.

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.

You can see that on the top and bottom a piece of plastic is locked by a metal strip. The cap can be removed by shifting it to the left.

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?

Atumn Equinox III

What’s happening around October each year? See the previous Equinox posts to explain this question.

In 2016 a Dusty Rose popped up and in 2017 I had some specific colours that could, or could not be as expected. I was extremely lucky last year.

Now again I ran into something special… I hope. Please, judge for yourself. Is this a Chartreuse or not? Again a disclaimer.

If so, it can replace my repaired model as this one seems to be in better shape.

If not, it is a pity but I had to take the chance. It was advertised as an avocado colour… Sometimes there is just no time to think too long and you have to decide in a minute to buy or not.

As said before, getting the right colour impression from a screen is not always easy. Let’s hope for the best.

Update 07/12/2018:

Unfortunately this is a regular Crystal Mint… 🙁 Well, regular… it was heavily yellowed and therefor avocado color. So again, buying from online pictures only remains a risk.