|Cowboy Frank's Telephone Pages||First posted Jan 26, 2012
Last update Aug 19, 2013
|Part of My Phone Collection|
|Feb 8, 2013||Photo Tour of working house phones|
|Sep 27, 2013||House Phones currently in storage|
|Sep 27, 2013||Trailer Phones|
|Jan 13, 2013||Why these telephones|
|Sep 28, 2012||Repairing a Starset headphone|
|Sep 28, 2012||Line Tester for the hearing impaired|
|Aug 19, 2013||Phone wire color codes|
|Aug 8, 2012||About Phone Wire Color Coding|
|Mar 4, 2013||Category 3 vs 5|
|Feb 1, 2012||Bell System Practices under development|
|Apr 27, 2012||The Hello Machine 8 minute ATT video about ESS|
|Mar 8, 2013||1943 Map of Denver Bell System brochure|
|Mar 29, 2013||Hawthorne Its Life And People (3.3 megs)|
|Mar 29, 2013||The Microphone 1985 WE newspaper (last issue, 6 megs)|
|Apr 26, 2013||Telephone Topics June 1946, New England Tel, (11 megs)|
|Aug 1, 2013||Telephone Topics Dec 1910, New England Tel, (pdf 7.8 megs)|
|Aug 1, 2013||Telephone Topics Jan 1911, New England Tel, (pdf 8.4 megs)|
|Telephone Show Galleries|
|Jan 15, 2013||Cincinnati, Ohio September 1, 2012|
|Jan 15, 2013||Abilene, KS April 21, 2012|
This page was first posted on January 26, 2012, 3 days after I turned 60.
Cowboy Frank and Friend
From early 1972 to about the middle of 1974, I worked for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company (C&P), part of the famous Bell Telephone System. Specifically I worked inside the Western Electric manufacturing plant located at 1201 S. Hayes Street in Alexandria, Virginia, about 1/2 a mile south of the Pentagon. My job, along with about 9 other guys, was to sort phones and equipment that had been removed from service (taken out of homes and offices) and sent into this plant for cleaning and refurbishing. Primarily I worked a conveyor belt where we sorted an average of 14,000 telephone sets a day.
Ever since I was about 5 years old I had dreamed of being a telephone installer and serviceman. When I first began my job with C&P, they told me the position was intended to last about 6 months, after which they would move me out into other parts of the company. After almost 2 years, I was still there and starting to loose my mind. I have never been able to work repetitive task jobs for very long. If my mind isn't actively working on solving problems or learning new things, I get bored very quickly. I enjoy jobs that involve troubleshooting and helping other people, especially in the electrical and computer fields. I left the company in the summer of 1974, very broken-hearted.
This phone booth and 3 slot Automatic Electric pay phone came with our house
During my time there, I acquired a couple of phones, as did most everyone else who worked for Ma Bell. I still have those 2 phones, but in the fall of 2011, my light blue, 12 button Princess phone, fell off a table and the case shattered into about 30 peices. Boy was I broken-hearted (there's that phrase again). Then I thought of checking Ebay and what a resource that has turned out to be. I collected phones like crazy for a while, much to the dismay of my partner. I have now throttled my collecting way down. I am now only buying items I can actually use, are very unusual, or parts to repair phones I already have that are broken.
In general, my collecting interest is in Western Electric phone equipment from the late 1960's through the end of the Bell System era in 1983.
|First posted Jan 26, 2012
Last update Aug 19, 2013