Common questions

What year did the Trimline phone come out?

What year did the Trimline phone come out?

The Trimline telephone was first introduced by the Bell System in 1965. It was developed after the success of Bell’s Princess phone, which was also compact and stylish.

Are old rotary phones worth anything?

Vintage rotary phones in general have been gaining value as they become harder and harder to come by. For a vintage rotary phone in mint working condition, prices typically range from $20 to as high as $500 for rarer phones. Typical prices are in the $40 to $70 range.

What does a princess phone look like?

Designed by Henry Dreyfuss and manufactured by Western Electric, Princess phones came in white, pink, blue, beige, and turquoise. Their oval shape was similar to the company’s 202 set from 1930, except it was more compact.

How did candlestick phones work?

The candlestick telephone is a style of telephone that was common from the late 1890s to the 1940s. Candlestick telephones featured a mouth piece (transmitter) mounted at the top of the stand, and a receiver (ear phone) that was held by the user to the ear during a call.

Are old telephones valuable?

Values vary depending on the cosmetic condition and whether or not the phone is in operating order. Collectors also value phones that are as original as possible with few reproduction parts used when they are restored. Most Picture Frame Front phones sell in the $100-$400 range.

What is the oldest phone brand?

Motorola, on 3 April 1973 were first company to mass produce the the first handheld mobile phone. These early mobile phones are often referred to as 0G mobile phones, or Zero Generation mobile phones. Most phones today rely on 3G or 4G mobile technology.

Why do they call it a Princess phone?

The Princess telephone was introduced by the Bell System in 1959. It was a compact telephone designed for convenient use in the bedroom, and contained a light-up dial for use as a night-light. Contemporary advertising demonstrates that this telephone was marketed to women, hence its feminine model name.

When did people stop using candlestick phones?

This marked the end of the candlestick era (1892 – 1926) and the beginning of thedesktop cradle telephone. Although still in use well into the 1930s, candlestick production ended about 1926.

Can you still use a candlestick phone?

Many repro dial candlestick phones are unpainted brass or have unpainted brass parts, or they may even have plastic parts. Unfortunately, an antique dial can be added to a repro phone, so again, you still need to continue your detective work.

What kind of phone is the Trimline 210?

Black AT 210 touch tone Trimline Phone , !!! Vintage 80s Conair See-through Clear Phone, Trimline Telephone SW205, Works!

Where is the phone number label on a Trimline phone?

Here is a sequence of photos showing how to access the telephone number label (or card) on the base of the Trimline phone:

What kind of light does a Trimline phone use?

The Trimline phone was produced initially with an incandescent light bulb (Lamp type 51B or 53B – use 53A for replacement) to light the dial and required an external transformer to power the bulb (the same transformer as required by the Princess phone). Later the bulb was replaced by an LED (Light Emitting Diode) as seen in the following photos:

Why does my Trimline cell phone not ring?

Ringer coil (bell) wiring (model AD3): If your Trimline phone does not ring (or any other pre-divestiture phone) it may be because the wire (s) from the bell’s coil were disconnected from the network to avoid detection of the phone by the telephone company.