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Bell System Rotary Phone Western Electric 500 D single line black telephone. This phone is a real gem. It is a 1965 single line hardwired set that does not appear to have been repaired or refurbished over the years. Back in the day, phone company customers leased their telephones from Bell instead of purchasing them. When they were turned in by customers, the phone company refurbished them before re-issuing them to other customers. These phones had the numbers changed on the bottom to identify changes or work done.
It is rare to find a phone that has the original numbers on the bottom. This one does! It must have stayed with the same customer for 50 years!

About this phone:
G1 handset
Hardwired, (not modular)
Clear dial
Black bottom plate - C/D 500 3-65
Round ribbed feet

This phone is extremely clean and in great cosmetic condition. This phone has been tested and DOES work. A retired phone company man who is a neighbor temporarily altered it with some different wires and had it working through his home phone line. He then put the original wires back. To use as a working phone, you will need to update the wiring and possibly use an adapter as well depending on the phone service you have on your home land line.

Please contact me with any additional questions or for more pictures.

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Black Rotary Telephone Western Electric 1965


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: bakelite, plastic, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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