The Old Case Crystal Mint has arrived and it is just great. There was a small crack on the rear but I managed to get this to disappear. A bit of glue did the trick, it melted both ends together and not even a hair-crack can be seen. Or my eyes are getting bad, or this was just a perfect fix.
Here are the 3 Crystal Mints with the 3 Saharas.
Just a note on the namings that I use to identify the different shells.
The ones in the front I call ‘Old Case’. These are a bit taller than the other 2 cases and the oldest in age. The ones in the middle I call ‘Old Ear-piece’, or ‘Flat Ear-piece’. The third model, in the back, I do not specifically call names but sometimes it is referred to as ‘Wedge Ear-piece’. For me these are the standard cases as they were the only ones ever sold in The Netherlands.
… And Destroy Paris In A Night 😉
Here an impression of the red birds.
From the front to the back:
Mandarin Red – old case with old dial face without ringer, 1957 (actually the shell is dated 1955!)
Mandarin Red – old ear-piece with blank dial face and buzzer, 1961
Mandarin Red – new ear-piece with blank dial face and buzzer, 1971
PTT Red – with PTT dial face and buzzer, 1979
If you are from France, no worries. Just google a bit.
Not so much happened lately. An Old Case Crystal Mint is on its way but that’s it. Not that I am not looking forward to receiving it. But it is just… Maybe because it is getting darker and colder every day now. Autumn / winter has finally decided to come to us.
In the meantime a nice picture of the Dutch trio.
The Dutch state owned PTT ordered 20.000 in 1978, 60.000 in 1979 and 20.000 in 1980 only in these 3 colors.
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.
Recently I was able to get my hands on a green 700 model. The dial face is identical to the orange, a 12 button type.
The hard to get brown and the even harder to get blue are still missing. But in the end they will appear somewhere.
Some posts ago I mentioned the Persian Greys being the only double color have. Well. actually I lied… Sorry for that.
There is also the Golden Glow that I, recently, could get. In fact the 2 Golden Glows slightly differ from one another.
One of them has the so called PBX button on its back. The other one has a very nice French dial face. So reasons enough to keep them both. Again…
A very special week sofar. Besides 2 interesting Ericofons I ran into, I was able to track down 3 nice phones for my own collection. A Sandalwood with an old ear-piece, an ‘undefined blue’ new ear-piece model and an Orange 700 model. You can see them below but the pictures are not mine.
The Sandalwood phone has a few spots, but nothing to worry about, I think. I did not have the old ear-piece in this color yet. Update: Great phone. Looks nice and shiny after some treatment.
The blue phone is a special case in more than one way. There is a stain that needs some treatment. I do not think it is a nasty one, but it needs to be removed. But the most exciting part is that I do not have a clue on the exact color. It is either Aqua Mist or Nordic Blue. I hope for the latter, but both are good. Update: it is a Wedgwood, and I sure did not expect that. 🙁 Nice detail is that it came with a country specific dial face. I’ll make it like brandnew and resell it I guess. Should be okay.
The orange 700 model is in good shape and seems to be functioning. This is the first orange Ericofon I have. The 600 model from the BPO is still on the wishlist. Update: The orange is a great phone. Only need to get a new gasket.