Tom's Antique Telephones

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~~ A portable Gray Telephone Pay Station Co. No. 13A nickel coin collector mounted on a Western Electric Type 20B desk stand with a 7 digit transmitter and Type 122 OST receiver.

~~ Western Electric Co. No. 13-A single slot nickel, dime, quarter coin collector mounted on a Western Electric Type 301 set.

~~ Chicago Telephone Company’s Four Party Line Western Electric Type 85 F fiddleback with a Western Electric 7A Nickel coin collector. This phone contains a couple of unusual parts that I had not seen before which are required for the four party ringer circuit. A 48,000 ohm resistor and a 1000 ohm ringer with 3000 ohm resistance in circuit with the 2 M.F. condenser.


~~ For Chicagoans who lacked the inclination or means to subscribe to telephone service, the “nickel-in-the-slot” pay telephone provided a welcome alternative. Beginning around 1900, such devices could be found in thousands of drugstores, hotels, and other public places. A favorite of bookies and gangsters, they have been immortalized in dozens of Hollywood movies.”


~~ For those that did subscribe it was referred to as Measured or Metered Service and Message Registers were to be installed in the Customers home close to the telephone instrument.

~~ A Gray Telephone Pay Station No. 10A mounted on a Western Electric No.317 phone.

~~ A Gray Telephone Pay Station Co. No. 3 Silver Dollar Pay Station with a Western Electric Type 68 Common Battery top box, a 7 digit transmitter, and Type 122 OST receiver

~~ Another style phone used in Chicago a Western Electric Type 263-F with nickel 7A coin collector

~~ Early 1920's Canadian Model 76 Gray Pay Station Telephone Co. 3 slot Payphone.  This set was made to accept both Canadian & US coins including the large & small size Canadian nickel.