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    Posted 8 years ago

    ttomtucker
    (294 items)

    In 1965 After I had worked a year for the telephone co my wife decided that she would buy me a old telephone as a christmas gift. It was a 1896 L.M.Ericcson wall phone. I did a small restoral on that phone and I thought this is fun, I should buy another phone. 200+ phones later and I am running out of room. Some of the phones were basket cases or barn fresh, thanks to the Antique Telephone Collectors Association I have located many original parts for these telephones.

    Comments

    1. kehphones kehphones, 8 years ago
      WOW! Now that is a phone collection!
    2. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 years ago
      What an incredible collection!!!!!!!!!
    3. renoir911 renoir911, 8 years ago
      I am in awe at this collection.
    4. jackart jackart, 8 years ago
      I am totally amazed! beautiful displays!!!
    5. walksoftly walksoftly, 8 years ago
      It always starts with just one, glad you kept it up, fantastic.
    6. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 8 years ago
      walksoftly, yep it start's with one and you gotta have another and another.
    7. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 8 years ago
      Reed, I don't think Qwest Communications could put enought ringing power to ring all two hundred phones. I do have selected phones to ring. thanks for the comment.
    8. mtn_man mtn_man, 7 years ago
      VERY cool collection.
    9. neat.old.stuff neat.old.stuff, 7 years ago
      That is an awesome collection, love it!
    10. thisoldwatch thisoldwatch, 6 years ago
      Tom,
      As a kid in Maine, we had one crank phone in the front hall closet. Our number was Yarmouth, 373 ring 3. The operator had a switch board in her living room.
      If she didn't answer on the first crank, we would spin it several times and she would give us hell. She knew everyone in town and their business. It was a big day when the phone company gave us dial phones. I do love your collection, it brings back memories.
      Jim
    11. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
      wow! i hope they don't all ring at once! my great uncle turned my great grandparent's place into a toy castle and their old wall phone was painted like santa's face and we could call the 'north pole' on it and put in our orders for santa. of course my uncle conrad would always answer and he'd yell at us that we had too many toys already.

      can you tell us what the rare and valuable ones might be? just curious...
    12. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you ho2cultcha, second photo far left middle. That is a Davis & Watts speaking tube set manufactured for the American Bell Telephone Co. 1882, the next phone to it is also a Davis & Watts blake set with the last patent date of 1879.
    13. Signaholic Signaholic, 6 years ago
      Hey Tom, love your "Candlesticks" the most of all of them. Just an incredible assortment my friend!
    14. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank You Signaholic, I never know where the next candlestick will come from!!!
    15. michellerduBois michellerduBois, 6 years ago
      I hope they don't all ring at once but, I love them all wow what a collection you have amassed that's dedication. Michelle
    16. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
      Wow, now I am using your photos of your collection as a reference guide. Today while checking out my local antique mall I found a phone similar to several you show in your second photo. It is marked BLAKE TRANSMITTER - 750476 - EDISON CARBON PHONE on the front of the center box or mouthpiece. On the side it is PATENTED AUG 2 1881, DEC 6 1881, AUG 14 1886, NOV 17 1991. Unfortunatly it is missing the top bell box. Is this a very hard piece to find a replacement for? The lower box is present, as is the back. Everything seems to be in the transmetter except the key. Thanks for shaing your collection.
    17. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you rocker-sd see my post on your blake set
    18. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you egreeley1976
    19. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you valentino97
    20. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you petey
    21. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you artislove
    22. nldionne nldionne, 6 years ago
      how much spare time do you have:-)
    23. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      nldionne, I'm retired now, so lots of spare time to work on telephones.
    24. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you Poop for your love
    25. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you sugargirl
    26. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you nldionne
    27. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you michellerduBois for your nice comment
    28. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you LaneyTex1
    29. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you schallerpen
    30. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 6 years ago
      Thank you kygurl32
    31. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you crswerner
    32. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you jameyrd
    33. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you thisoldwatch
    34. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      thank you bellaluna
    35. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you Spiperato
    36. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you leighannrn
    37. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you Royce39
    38. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you for your love geo26e
    39. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you for your love aghcollect
    40. Aimathena Aimathena, 5 years ago
      Wow!!!!! How awesome. Those wall colors really make that natural wood stand out. Fantastic collection ttomtucker
    41. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you for your comment Airmathena
    42. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Farmlady Thank you for your love
    43. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you Signaholic
    44. JMNY, 5 years ago
      I have a ridiculous collection of eagles, and knives. It's a sickness lol. I do have one antique phone, and it's on our wall, and love it. I can see how the collectors curiosity and hunt with phones can easily occur. Awesome collection
    45. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you JMNY for your nice comment
    46. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      Oh my that is a collection. Each and every one deserves a love. So much there I don't quite know what to say. A fantastic collection.
    47. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you fortapache for your nice comment
    48. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      mackay1st thank you for your love
    49. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 5 years ago
      very nice ...and well done ,,,
    50. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you Roycroftbooksfromme1
    51. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you Loveitvintage for your love
    52. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thanks you Uxbridgeite for your love.
    53. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 5 years ago
      What a fantastic collection you have Tom. You could open a museum!
    54. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 5 years ago
      Thank you Vintagefran for your love and comment.
    55. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 4 years ago
      Thank you for your love Golden_ Fleece
    56. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 4 years ago
      Kydur, Thank you for your love
    57. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 4 years ago
      Thank you for the love PatSea
    58. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you for your love Uxbridgeite
    59. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Nicefice, thank you for your love
    60. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you Antique Toys
    61. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you AzTom
    62. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you AnnaB
    63. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you Tanni
    64. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you Beachbum58
    65. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you usedcarlady
    66. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you Nordicman32
    67. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you Manikin
    68. Celiene Celiene, 3 years ago
      YOWZA!!!!!!!! FANTASTIC collection!

      I'm about to post manuals for Automatic Electric MonoPhones, & Anaconda telephone wires! Repair manuals, schematics and a whole bunch of stuff from a technician!
    69. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you Celiene
    70. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you SpritBear
    71. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
      Thank you for your love Nicefice
    72. buckethead buckethead, 2 years ago
      Wow. Great Phone Collection.
    73. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you fopr the love Buckethead
    74. Recordmantime Recordmantime, 2 years ago
      I have to fall inline with the rest and simple say "Great collection..".
    75. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you for you nice comment Recordmantime
    76. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you jackart
    77. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you antiquerose
    78. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you SpiritBear
    79. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you snowman3
    80. martika martika, 2 years ago
      Incredible !!!
    81. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you martika
    82. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you Jamim
    83. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you MountainGirl
    84. beyemvey beyemvey, 2 years ago
      Amazing assembly!
    85. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you beyemvey for your comment
    86. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you CindB
    87. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you advertisingfan
    88. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 2 years ago
      Thank you biqoucaillouvintage for you love
    89. mcheconi mcheconi, 2 years ago
      Impressive. Congratulations.
    90. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 2 years ago
      Absolutely Amazing.
    91. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 months ago
      Thank you mcheconi
    92. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 months ago
      Thank you Wandlessfairy
    93. McCoyNelson McCoyNelson, 9 months ago
      You should open up a museum Tom
    94. Trey Trey, 9 months ago
      Amazing collection :)
    95. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 months ago
      Thank you McCoyNelson that has been my goal to have a museum
    96. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 months ago
      Thank you Trey
    97. Trey Trey, 9 months ago
      Your welcome :)
    98. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 months ago
      Thank you MacDaddyRico for your comment
    99. Trey Trey, 9 months ago
      Had to love it again :)
    100. Coopergirl Coopergirl, 9 months ago
      What an amazing collection!
    101. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 months ago
      Thank you Coopergirl
    102. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 9 months ago
      Thank you again Trey
    103. Trey Trey, 9 months ago
      Your welcome:)
    104. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 8 months ago
      Thank you purvis
    105. Lata Lata, 5 months ago
      Amazing collection!
    106. LaurelG, 4 months ago
      What a great collection! My grandfather worked at the phone company too, starting out as a lineman. He was given a small gold medallion after 10, 20 and 30 years of work. "Western Electric", his initials and a date are engraved on the back. The first one is from 1918. They all have a tiny phone, an eagle and a map of the USA. Very detailed. They have been made into a necklace for a woman with a skinny neck. I've often wondered if it has any value.
    107. swampdogg swampdogg, 4 months ago
      very very nice collection of vintage phones thank you for showing.
    108. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 months ago
      Most service pins from Western Electric and Bell System have value. the 30 year pin and up are hard to come by. The highest service pin I have seen is a 45 year.
    109. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 months ago
      Thank you Swampdogg for your very nice comment

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