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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 2:10:52 PM on 25 April 2018.
Labrat's avatar
 Location: Penrith, NSW
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On offer are four collectable telephones, to forum members only.
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The first is from the Ballarat Bowling Club. It has a key lock near the handpiece to prevent staff from making unauthorised calls.
I got it about twenty-five years ago.

The second is a wall phone. Similar to the one I had when I lived in Ballarat. Mine had a rotary dial.

No.3 An Erikphone. Every one knows about them.

No.4 A very attractive house phone. Just the standard phone, but when we got our first phone in the early 60's one could not get pretty
coloured ones like this one.

Forty dollars for the four (I hate to break-up a family) or twenty-five each.

Pick-up only.

Vintage Telephones



Wayne.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 10:14:08 PM on 25 April 2018.
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Photos uploaded.

Labrat, I am happy to take the four.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 6:22:20 AM on 27 April 2018.
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The telephones have a new home.

Wayne.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 9:28:07 PM on 29 April 2018.
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 Location: Emerald, VIC
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My grandfather had a red phone back in the 1960s. He also had TWO telephones. Having either was generally illegal, but he was high up enough in the PMG to get away with it.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 10:32:52 PM on 29 April 2018.
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Why would the red phone have been illegal? Were they only for a specific purpose?


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 6 · Written at 11:45:16 PM on 30 April 2018.
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 Location: Lalor Park, NSW
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Everyone knows that the red phone is the direct line to the president Smile


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 5:52:37 AM on 1 May 2018.
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 Location: Latham, ACT
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No it was a direct line to Batman lol.

That black phone is bakelite I believe !
The other three came into vogue when I worked for telecom and now I'm feeling old lol.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 8 · Written at 5:03:18 PM on 11 May 2018.
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 Location: Frankston, VIC
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Everyone has heard of the Ericofon but not everybody knows how to spell it. (Sorry I used to work for Ericsson so I thought I better correct you.)


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 9 · Written at 9:55:13 PM on 11 May 2018.
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 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Our family had a black phone like that (but without the keys obviously) when I was a kid. Eventually the cloth cord connecting the handset to the main part broke, so the PMG replaced it with a black coiled cord. (Too cheap to replace the phone). The wall plug was an odd full-sized 4-pin round plug, about the same size as a powerpoint plug.


The keys disable the phone from dialling out, but you could always play morse code on the gravity-switch buttons to make a call.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 10 · Written at 12:04:12 AM on 12 May 2018.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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The wall plug was an odd full-sized 4-pin round plug

Like this? http://www.authenticlightingandhardware.com/IMAGE%20PHONE/PH%20PLUG%204%20PINS.jpg

you could always play morse code on the gravity-switch buttons to make a call

Reminds me of how we would call mum to come and pick us up from the phone booth at the beach after we blew all our money on ice creams. Could use the dial but had to use the receiver as both microphone and receiver by yelling into it.

http://www.telephonecollecting.org/Bobs%20phones/Pages/AustPostOffice/longtom.jpg


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 11 · Written at 12:32:23 AM on 12 May 2018.
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That plug is photographed at an odd angle and doesn't really look like what we had. Perhaps other angles might help.

I remember the "longtom" type, the one on the right. If you dropped your coin at the wrong millisecond you lost your money, and had to try again.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 12 · Written at 1:02:12 AM on 12 May 2018.
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 GTC
 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Perhaps other angles might help.

Here's the associated socket: http://www.authenticlightingandhardware.com/IMAGE%20PHONE/PH%20SOCK%204%20PINS%20w.jpg

I have this plug and socket combination on one of my Bakelite phones.

I remember the "longtom" type, the one on the right

It's the one on the left that we used. Yes, once those 4 pennies (later sixpence) rolled into the box you were either connected or had to resort to the yell-into-the-receiver method.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 13 · Written at 1:39:48 AM on 12 May 2018.
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 Location: Sydney, NSW
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Yes the socket picture makes more sense, and I think it's the right one.

I don't remember phones that used pennies.... they've completely slipped my mind. Just like I don't remember pre-decimal paper currency.

5c for a phone call is something I remember quite well though, just like I remember the old A-B public phone.


 
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