This black WE Model 302 telephone dates to 1946. This is a date match telephone. The telephone show signs of ...
moreThis black WE Model 302 telephone dates to 1946. This is a date match telephone. The telephone show signs of use and has surface scratches.There is a crack on the front of the phone. The handset cord is original. Thermoplastic case and Bakelite handset. The line cord is a modular line cord and fits into a standard phone jack. All components have been fully overhauled and tested to ensure that they will function properly both now, and in the years to come.
The Model 302 desk telephone was introduced in 1937, created by famed industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss. The first versions had a die-cast zinc housing, however, demands for metal during World War II necessitated a shift to thermoplastic housings on later models. The 302 series was the first Western Electric desk telephone to contain the ringer and induction coil within the phone. Previous desk models required a separate subscriber set or bell box that was attached by the line cord. While the 302 series telephone is predominantly found in black, it was also produced in nine colors. When the thermoplastic housings became the standard, the colors were molded in the plastic of that color rather than being painted on as was the case of the die-cast phones. Over the years the metal version of this phone has often been plated with various metallic finishes such as nickel and chrome. The Model 302 was manufactured until 1954 and during it's lifetime it was the workhorse of the phone system.
Another bit of trivia on this phone; called "The Lucy Phone" because this model was used in the popular sitcom "I LOVE LUCY" in the 50s.
Although cell phones and social media communication define our way of life today, brother-sister team Joe and Janette Antone still believe in the power of the landline. These vintage collectors and technological historians started American Telephone Store to honor the beautiful craftsmanship and nostalgic draw of rotary phones from the 1910s through the 1990s.
Please make sure your telephone provider allows for a rotary dial phone. A one year warranty, through the American Telephone Store, is included in the price of the phone for parts and labor. Warranty does not cover breakage of the exterior of the phone. less
8.5ʺW × 7.25ʺD × 5.25ʺH
FairHas lived a "full life" and has a distressed look with noticeable wear
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