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Thrifting Finds! Part Four
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Post# 974527   12/18/2017 at 20:26 by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Time for Part Four! Please feel free to post anything you have purchased at thrift shops, auctions and the like.


Thrifting Finds! (Part One)
Thrifting Finds! Part Two


Thrifting Finds! Part Three

Post# 974529 , Reply# 1   12/18/2017 at 20:47 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Another Princess has come home...

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I picked up this white AT&T (Western Electric) Princess phone recently. It is pictured with the beige Bell Telephone Princess I had purchased earlier. Both have bulbs, but neither light up. I'm pretty sure these are the post transformer models. Any ideas what gives? There seems to be some covered splices on both phones. Perhaps I am missing a part?




Beige WE:



White AT&T:



Beige WE:



White AT&T:



Post# 974536 , Reply# 2   12/18/2017 at 22:40 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
Well my kitchen phone has arrived.

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Here's a fun find. When was the last time you saw a Western Electric 554? Manufactured in June, 1962. At some point it was fully modularized. Funny how even the new modular back carries the original manufacture date of 6-62. And of course, you can't put one of these up without a genuine Bell System modular wall jack manufactured on 4-79. :) 









Post# 974539 , Reply# 3   12/18/2017 at 23:11 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Formerly working for the phone company, I still have those modular jacks and filters that work with DSL. Plus the same white wall phone in my garage. My kitchen phone is an orange wall trimline with a bell so loud it will wake the dead.

Post# 974541 , Reply# 4   12/18/2017 at 23:17 by diesirae7 (Central Illinois)        
Nice wall phone

I'm doing some work at an older lady's house and I noticed she has a pink rotary dial wall phone still in the kitchen! I'm going to ask her if I can have it :D

Post# 974662 , Reply# 5   12/19/2017 at 19:51 by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My Aunt Doris had a white WE 554 in the kitchen of the house they moved into in the Summer of '63. The house was built in '62, but hers had the wired-in cord.

Post# 974664 , Reply# 6   12/19/2017 at 20:16 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        
Nib Westinghouse roaster

Picked this up at an antique shop a few months ago

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Post# 974670 , Reply# 7   12/19/2017 at 21:25 by Ultramatic (New York City)        
It's little...It's lovely...It lights!

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This poor thing called out to me today. I couldn't say no. An early example. These were introduced in 1959. This particular one was manufactured April, 1960. Sadly, one of the prongs for the wall plug has broken off. Also no bulb, and no transformer/cord. The dial is balky. I'm going to be optimistic and think that all it needs is a cleaning and lubrication. 'Cause everything works better cleaned and lubricated. Came with mystery woman picture.








Post# 974672 , Reply# 8   12/19/2017 at 21:42 by spacepig (Floridas Emerald Coast)        

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Would it be possible to get separate pix or measurements of the dishes that came with the NIB roaster? I picked up 2 of these a couple of weekends ago, and neither came with the dishes, so I'd love to know what to look for when shopping.

Post# 974696 , Reply# 9   12/20/2017 at 01:30 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Westinghouse Roaster-looks like NEVER BEEN ISSUED-USED-appears to have sustained shipping damage-dent in the lower right front.Love it has all of the parts and doco.Never used one of these-our family never had one.

Post# 974698 , Reply# 10   12/20/2017 at 01:32 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Princess phone-who is that woman-My Dad hated those"He says it wouldn't stay still while dialing it"My Mom liked it!

Post# 974703 , Reply# 11   12/20/2017 at 03:50 by Norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Re roaster

You got that in the basement of a antique shop in. Lancaster pa. I almost bought it a few months ago. If it hadn't been dented I would have. I'm glad someone saved it

Post# 974715 , Reply# 12   12/20/2017 at 06:44 by Lorainfurniture (Cleveland )        

Lol! Yes! I almost passed but I never seen a new one. I figure I may be able to work that rent out.

Post# 974812 , Reply# 13   12/20/2017 at 21:36 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        
Being as my other interest is typewriters

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Here's a couple I've taken on in the last month... a 1961 Olivetti Lettera 22 like the one we had at home and I learned to type on.. And a 1966 Olympia SM9, a wonderful machine.

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Post# 974874 , Reply# 14   12/21/2017 at 11:05 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
FREE on the local Craigslist...

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Smith Corona model Seventy electric typewriter - made in nearby Cortland NY, and it works!

Yet another example of fast-disappearing US manufacturing quality and durability :-(

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Post# 974877 , Reply# 15   12/21/2017 at 11:17 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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did you get it?

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