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Rare BLUE Stromberg-Carlson Model 1543W Rotary Desk Phone
This RARE two-tone blue Stromberg-Carlson rotary desk telephone just screams character! With its angular four corners and gorgeous blue colour, it's a delightful phone to behold.
On the metal underside is stamped "1543 WPK 66~ Special" which either signifies a 1966 production date or else a 1966 year of servicing. In 1953 Stromberg-Carlson, a major manufacturer for Western Electric, began releasing certain coloured models. A selection of blue phones were first introduced in 1954. By 1957 Stromberg-Carlson was using plastic handsets (instead of bakelite ones) on their colour phone models. Having said that, it is not known if this phone contains bakelite or not. Other notables:
• Thick grey handset cord is hardwired, not the "plugged in" modern type. Modular cords were not 'factory installed' on similar model 500 telephones until much later than 1957 – probably in the mid to late 1960's. The wire connection out of the phone to the wall is also hard wired (not modular).
• Rubber feet are triangular, these were used around 1958 to early 60's. Later model phones of the 1970s typically used ROUND plastic feet.
• Original chassis/housing with no slot for a 4-pin connection. Refurbished phones of the 1970s were often fitted with a new housing to accommodate the new 4-pin modular technology.
So for sake of argument we'll just call this a 1966. It would appear to have all original components - or at the very least, components from the 1960s. We did not attempt to open this phone, but there are clues inside (dates on chassis, components and even the inner plastic body) that will further expose when exactly this phone is from. It's plausible that it was refurbished in the sixties but actually might be from the late fifties.
CONDITION: Untested, assumed to be not working. The cord to connect it to the wall has since been severed, like so many others. Body is in good condition, but there are some scuffs and scratches throughout. Finger dial is sticky/hitchy, but does turn. Phone would require some servicing and TLC in order to be restored. NOTE: there is a small crack near the foot located closest to "WXY" (refer to photo #5 above).