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Telephones632 of 889A Holtzer-Cabot Cathedral Top Wall Phone? Year???Western Electric Panel Board
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Posted 6 years ago


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The reason I'm on here is to find out something about this phone. I can't find anything on it. I've seen a field phone by Western Electric but not Automatic Electric. Maybe someone can give me some information on this phone.

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  1. Tom, 6 years ago
    hey bhusterhat. just found the site. What you have is a phone used mostly by railroaders in the early days but they were used all the way into the late 70's. How it works is you hook two wires up to a special telephone pole along the line and then crank it to dial up the dispatcher for train orders, etc. It has battery back-up also. I have one that's in about the same shape as yours. They are pretty rare these days. I hope you come back to check this site for comments as I could write about it all day. But that's the gist of it. hope it helps. Yours, Tom.

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