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.
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.
Finally I applied some new gaskets on the 700 models. Not all 4 had gaskets yet and I was able to get some although they were quite expensive. But I am really happy with them.
In the meantime I have 4 700 models. Three different colors, but the green one is double. From the shells and dial faces you can see the differences.
The 11 digit dial faces are the newest ones and these also have the RJ45 connector in the shell. They are equiped with the ‘R’ button for redialing. The 12th button space is left empty. The large red button has the text ‘Ericofon’ sort of engraved in it.
The older models have 12 buttons where the ‘#’ and the ‘*’ are dummy and not used. They have a ‘normal’ cord connection that feeds the cord to the inside. The large red button has a white/black shiny text ‘Ericofon’.
So the green model I have in both variations. One of the phones originally had a gasket with ‘Post Office Property’ pressed into it. Unfortunately it was crumbly and I had to replace it. And even more unfortunate, these specific British gaskets are not available anymore.
On the shelf there is room for the brown and the blue models. They will be difficult to get. But somehwere they will appear. 😉
In this dial face, made for Telia in Sweden, you see the first digit to be a ‘0’. This is quite uncommon. It is not the Norwegian layout as I stated before.
Recently I got my hands on an interesting item. In fact there were two. The phone I got was an old case Candle Glow from 1957. But it came with a box from June 1970 beloning to a rotary Sahara model. Unfortunately that phone was not there anymore. And no, I am not going to collect boxes 🙂 .
But the Candle Glow is very interesting. It is not only the oldest phone I have today, but it has also the bakelite fingerwheel, without any branding on it (neither Ericofon nor LM Ericsson).
In the meantime I received 2 more boxes. The one above is the North Electric type (522726 Sahara 52L 6 70). The other two are a Dutch PTT box (top, DBJ 018 14/42/124 PTT NR 21-0031 A5 7916) and a Swedish box (left, no data).
Are there any more? I am still not collecting boxes… 😉
It has been a while since the last post. That does not mean that nothing happened but I was just busy with work amongst other things.
A few phones could be added to my collection, more news on that later. One thing I want to share is a new dial face I got hold of. It came with a Wedgwood. This one is better than my original Wedgwood so it will replace that one.
I am checking out different dial faces from time to time but this one is quite special. Never came accross this type before. After the explicit Swedish, Danish, and French it just popped up. I guess Insha’ Allah.
…at least not so old as the ones in the previous post. These 2 Persian Gray phones are of the newer case. Both in grey but still with some small differences.
The 5 holes in the ear-piece are closer together in one model. The most common is the one in the left, the right one is more rare. Not sure where this difference in shell shape comes from.
There is another difference that can be seen in the picture below. So far I did not mention the phenomenon ‘dial face’. A zillion different ones are around. The one in the left is a not so common ‘manual service’ dial face.
And that is why I have 2 Persian Grays. 🙂