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Posted 6 years ago


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Does anybody know anything about this box? It is made out of very heavy metal, and works great. I'm confused because it says public phone, but there is no money slots. It is 16" tall.
Thanks in advance for any information you can give me.
Squeaker Bootsma

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  1. dale houser, 6 years ago
    i would like to know also, i have one like this minus the red box
  2. Jim, 6 years ago
    The phone is an old "hang up type" Western Electric 212. As is, without a subset, (Western Electric 634) it can't ring. It's also known as a "counter phone" and would be hung under a table or counter. I happen to have W.E. 634 subset in case you don't have one, or if you're looking.
  3. Squeaker Squeaker, 6 years ago
    Hi Jim,
    and thanks for writing back. In the last picture is a white box on the bottom right that makes the phone ring. Why would they make a phone that doesn't ring?
    Also, what is a subset in case???? (excuse my ignorance.)
    Thanks again,
    Squeaker Bootsma
  4. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
    Your Western Electric wall phone is also known as a "Space Saver". In a call out box like yours there was no need for a ringer. a sub set is a ringer box.
  5. Mike, 6 years ago
    I just bought one of these.

    I wired it up and the mouthpiece is not functioning.

    does anyone have a replacment??
  6. LFLucy, 6 years ago
    The box and the phone are were not original to one another. Someone place the phone in this box at a later date. The box originally held a much bigger and modern coin slot pay phone. I remember seeing them as a kid, but don't remember where or exactly when.

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