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Payphones25 of 43Vintage Bell System Payphone SignRescued from a inn built in 1835 which is being torn down.
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Posted 5 years ago


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Does anyone out there know what this phone could be worth and any information about it? I've looked everywhere but can not find any information about it. It's been in my family for years but no one knows anything about it. Any help is appreciated!
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  1. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
    daiquirisd, Your pay-telephone toll box was patent by Howard Root of Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 4, 1890 patent numbers (440,118) (525,623) (536,100) (553,361) the patents run from 1890 to 1896 five total. For some reason the patents were not assigned to any manufacturing company. It looks like you have one of Roots toll box's mounted on a Western Electric two box wall telephone. value is depending on if the toll box has all it's original parts and is a working coin chute.
    I can send you the patents if you email me direct at
  2. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
    daiquirisd, I did a little checking around on the value of the Roots toll box, with are economic times I feel the value is around $1500.00. I hope this information has helped you.

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