All telephones are available to buy by mail order
The 500 Series
The 500 series
telephone is the type that we all associate with 50's and 60's American
The 500 was introduced in 1949 by Western Electric. The
internal design was by AT and T Bell Labs. The external design was
handled by Henry Dreyfuss and Associates of New York. Demand exceeded
supply to the extent that old 302 models were converted into telephones
resembling the 500. Several companies made look-alikes or copies.
Production covering a vast range of models from dial to push-button
extended to the mid 80's.
I will only briefly mention the technical merits of this
telephone. There were so many "firsts" and advanced features
associated with its design.
Production was from 1949 to the mid 80's.
These telephones, may not dial out on a cable TV line. The telephone will ring as normal and accept incoming calls, but may not dial out reliably. They are sold subject to this understanding.
If any reader feels I should have added more, please let me know.
Those wishing to know more, are referred that excellent book Old Time Telephones by Ralph Meyer
Credit/Debit Cards are the preferred method of payment. I no longer accept cheques.
If you wish to place an order, or have an enquiry, please read all below.
Please call me (Gavin Payne) by telephone if you wish to place an order for a telephone, spare parts, or have an enquiry. I can usually be reached 9.00am to 5.45pm any day, including weekends. Calls in the evening are not appreciated and could make me very grumpy. The number is 01245 400601.
I am in the shop most Saturday and Sunday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00. These are the only times I am in the shop for the sale of spare parts, conversions and repairs. Conversions and repairs can often be carried out while you wait.
If you have a telephone that you want to know more about, or
repaired or converted, please have it right next to you when you call.
Please also have a selection of small flat bladed screwdrivers to hand.
Emails to firstname.lastname@example.org or copy and paste email@example.com into your email programme or app .
By post to
The Old Telephone Company, The Old Granary, Battlesbridge
The Old Telephone Company respects your
privacy, and will not divulge any information about you to a third party.