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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Circa 1908-1920s "Federal Manufacturing Corps" steel wall-phone. Federal bought Ericsson steel phones in that period.
    I won it in a local auction from when a antique store closed down. I had nearly bought it on one of the last days of the antique store, but I decided to wait.
    The "label" is not a label, but graven into the paint. I will repaint the phone but keep that part untouched.
    It's missing the crank shaft, but I'm sure I can find another one eventually.

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    1. cindyjune cindyjune, 4 years ago
      Great auction win! I love the old phones, I've never seen one like this. Thanks for posting.
    2. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      Thank you, Cindy June. I hadn't seen a steel wall-phone before, either. I thought it was quite novel.
    3. SpiritBear, 4 years ago
      We can narrow it down to 1917 or 1927. I found a penciled in "inspection date" inside the phone, though I could not quite make out the "1" or "2" very well. I assume that's a Q.C. Inspection.

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