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TELEPHONE HISTORY PAGES

Our History Page is always under construction, but there's a bunch of really interesting stuff here!

Be sure to look at the BECO catalogs we've got below, which are a history lesson in themselves!

Click on the hard working guys on the right...

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This boy is standing on a pole with many "Open Wire" phone lines (not too smart). Poles would feed out in all directions from a town's Central Office.
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Our site has lots of ads and pictures... Most from old telephone trade magazines. We also have some technical information for you, and some neat items for sale!

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OLD PHONE ACCESSORIES

This is my favorite section, since it shows how ingenious some of the pioneers of the phone business were!

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The Beginning of the end of the Bell System...  The Hush-A-Phone was a simple product that slipped over a Candlestick Phone or Telephone Handset and gave the user some privacy (the first noise canceling microphone!). There were no electrical connections, it just slipped onto the phone. It had been advertised and sold in trade magazines for years. An AT&T lawyer just happened to see one in a shop window on his way to lunch one day, and decided that it was his job to stop the sale of this device since it was being attached to the Phone Company's property. AT&T had previously won many court cases against companies who sold advertising trinkets (premiums) that slipped over or otherwise attached to their phones. These trinkets had phone numbers for the local coal company, funeral parlor and general store, but you couldn't attach those numbers to your phone since the phone wasn't yours.

The Hush-A-Phone Decision was a big win over AT&T in the US Court of Appeals, in 1956. It allowed the Hush-A-Phone (and every other similar device) to be stuck to AT&T's phones.

The Original CarterFone

 

The Original CarterFone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click for a bigger picture of Tom Carter, courtesy of Helen Carter (Mrs. Tom Carter)

 

More than a decade after the Hush-A-Phone Decision, Tom Carter won a decision against AT&T
that allowed anybody to connect anything to AT&T's telephone network, if  they used an AT&T
"Protective Coupler."  That was the Carterfone Decision, in 1968.

 

Tom Carter fought the battle with AT&T which led to today's total deregulation (well, just about) of telephone equipment in the US. As a matter of fact, the PTTs in just about every country in the world (a PTT is the FCC of other countries) followed the US lead of deregulating their telephone network after seeing the benefits US citizens saw when they were able to connect whatever they needed to the telephone network, both voice and data. Without that deregulation, it's possible the Internet would have stayed a network used by the government and large corporations, since the Phone Company would have surely made the price of data service, even slow modems, beyond the reach of most of us.

I mentioned to Helen Carter (Mrs. Tom Carter) that I didn't know how they stood up to AT&T, a company who specialized in crushing other companies. She replied:

"A few years before Tom's death in 1991, Harry Newton called me and said "Quick Helen....what would you put on Tom's tombstone"...so I responded quickly with "Here lies a stubborn Texan". That's the secret of how he did what he did."

Helen Carter also said:

"Tom's earliest prediction (about 1970) was that someday "voice and data will merge". So many people just laughed at that."

After the Carterfone Decision, up until the FCC started allowing connection of FCC registered equipment in 1976 (that you could buy in a local store), subscribers had to rent a protective coupler from the phone company (maybe $10 a month per line), which supposedly protected the public telephone network from any harm caused by the customer's phone equipment (CPE).

From my own experience, these protective couplers were very unreliable. They often left phone lines dead because they were defective, or the card cage they went into was defective (the cards and card slots had dissimilar metals, which caused oxidation and intermittent operation). The Phone Company didn't care, and didn't try to fix them very hard. They figured eventually the subscriber would get tired of dealing with the problems and go back to renting from them. I guess they were wrong.

I have to say that as an Interconnect phone man I made a lot of money going around checking dead line complaints. Probably 95% of the dead line service calls on phone systems are not the phone equipment, but a problem with the phone line coming into the building. It was that way before the Carterfone Decision, and it's that way today. 

The CarterFone itself was a device that patched phone calls into 2-Way Radio equipment. It didn't actually wire into a phone or the telephone network. It had an acoustic coupler  for a standard handset.

If you have an ad for a CarterFone let me know and I'll put it on our page and attribute it to you.

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Here's a picture of an original CarterFone (click on it to see a bigger version):

Click to see a bigger picture of John Giberson's original Carterphone that sits on the credenza in his office

 

Jon Giberson's original CarterFone that
sits on the credenza in his office.

Jon is from Connections, a company specializing
in call accounting.

 

 

 


The plaque under the glass says:

The Original "Carterfone"

This original Carterfone, manufactured by Carter Electronics in 1959, served a need for mobile radio users to interconnect with the public telephone network. Use of the Carterfone was challenged by the telephone companies in 1966, and a lengthy struggle began that ultimately let to the Federal Communications Commission.

On June 26, 1968, the FCC handed down the landmark Carterfone Decision. The resolution of  Tom Carter's struggle for acceptance of the concept of Interconnection permitted the creation of a multi-billion dollar industry that today serves all areas of communications needs data, voice, message. The historic Carterfone Decision allowed an open, competitive market to exist for communications equipment and facilities to the benefit of the communications user.

This original Carterfone is one of the few remaining devices in existence, and has been preserved to commemorate the historic legal milestone it represents.

Carterfone Communications Corporation

Dallas, Texas

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Here are some more pictures of an original CarterFone (click to see a bigger version):

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Rudolph Wratten wrote in and said he has a different model CarterFone. He says his is an acoustic coupler with a twist, a bar that both opens the line and dials the number. A standard 500 set is placed in a tray, and a bar goes over the switchhook cradle. The mobile user had a telephone dial that pulsed a tone, this pulsed the bar and thus dialed the number. The radios were half-duplex, this is to say, you could talk or listen, one or the other. In San Antonio, the CarterFones were marketed by a General Electric radio dealer, Industrial Radio.

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Here are some scans James Francis sent of the CarterFone 1969 Second Annual Report (click to see a bigger version)

Click to see a bigger readable version, along with a picture of Tom Carter and his signature     Click to see a bigger readable version... This page has a great picture of an IMTS phone - one of the first mobile phones, sitting on the hump in the Caddy - with the rotary dial!     Click to see a bigger readable version and a picture of a Carterphone for data - with an accoustic coupler

The middle page includes a picture of an IMTS type phone sitting on the "hump" by the front seat of a Cadillac... in 1969. The IMTS phone was similar to the first mobile phone, which was the MTS (Mobile Telephone Service), offered by Phone Companies. IMTS was the "Improved Mobile Telephone Service."  There were also Radio Common Carriers (private companies) who offered the same type of service through their own radio channels (granted to them by the FCC). Actually, I think the phone on the hump is an RCC version of the IMTS, because I don't see the Bell logo on the front. RCCs usually also offered pager (beeper) service, before the Phone Companies got into it..

In the '60s through the '70's an acoustic coupler was often used for data (usually 110 baud, per Ed Cummings), by placing a regular telephone's handset into rubber cups (the acoustic coupler). Beeps from the other end of the line would be changed into serial data going into some kind of computer. Serial data from the local computer was changed into beeps and transmitted to the other end of the line. Since the data was just audio (beeps, kind of like Morse Code), there were no extra exorbitant charges for data use from the Phone Company, and there was no equipment to rent since there was no wired connection to the phone line (thanks to Tom Carter, and the Carterfone decision).

A Data Modem CarterFone is a logical extension of the original CarterFone, which used the acoustic coupler to patch voice from a phone call into a two-way radio (and vice-versa).

A drawback to the MTS and IMTS systems was that they used only 12 or 24 radio channels for a whole metropolitan area. That's 12 or 24 conversations at a time. Talk about frustration... and expense. The phones were thousands of dollars, it had a steep monthly charge, a very high per minute charge (could be over $1.00 a minute - notice the key lock on the face of the IMTS phone!), and even then you might have waited an hour or more for a free channel to make a call!

Modern cellular systems still use a limited number of radio channels. Rather than a single channel covering a whole metropolitan area, the channel might only serve a few block area, allowing 24 conversations at a time within a few blocks - not a whole big city!   The 24 channels are then reused on the next few block area, and so on (that's where the term "cellular" came from).

The first pager service I saw was in the late 60's, from Roger's Radio (an RCC) in Chicago. Very popular with doctors. It was a tiny radio receiver with a really tiny speaker. When you wanted to page someone, you'd call the RCC (Roger's) operator, who would add that pager number to the queue of other people being paged.

There were no beeps with this baby. The operator simply read the list of pager numbers into a recorder every fifteen minutes or so. The recorder was an endless loop that would keep repeating the operator's recording. The recorder simply played the audio back into the radio transmitter, which covered a good part of the Chicago area (from an antenna on a tall building downtown). To see if you were being paged, you'd remove the pager from your belt, and push and hold a small button on the pager while holding the tiny speaker to your ear. You'd listen through the recording to see if your number was there. If it wasn't, you could stay at the bar a little longer?

Not long after that, the Motorola Pageboy Pager took the country (and doctors) by storm by always automatically listening for specific tones being broadcast on the radio channel, and literally "beeping" to alert the user when those tones were heard.

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This is an old 8 minute AT&T video from 1979 that talks about the drawbacks of the old IMTS
mobile phone service, and the benefits of the "new" Cellular mobile phone service:

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Here are some neat ads...


OLD EQUIPMENT

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    The Phone Company had to make "ring voltage," normally 90VAC at 20 cycles, using special Ringing Voltage Generators.

    A regular electric motor drove a magneto (similar to the ones that were cranked by hand on phones), to provide ringing voltage. The electric motor normally ran from 48VDC, since large banks of batteries were used to provide "talk battery." These batteries were charged by commercial power, so if the commercial power went out phones would still work (until the batteries went dead).

    Separate generators would produce ring voltage at special frequencies (cycles) for party line service, where the bells would only ring at a particular frequency.

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    Ron and Mary Knappen, the owners, are internationally known antique telephone experts. They've actually "written the books" on antique phone collecting, pay phone collecting, and phone company histories... including huge multi-volume sets that are the core of the knowledge of today's antique phone collectors.


    WHEN WERE 2, 3, 4 or 5 DIGIT PHONE NUMBERS USED?

    When was it made?

    You've found a great antique, and it has an old phone number on it.

    You figure that if you can find out when 3 digit phone numbers were used, you'll know when the antique was made... Right?

    NO!

     
    Every Phone Company, different cities at the same Phone Company, and even different exchanges in the same city from the same Phone Company converted their Central Office (CO) equipment at different times.

    They may have gone right from 2 digit numbers to 7 digit numbers, or they may have gone from 2 to 3, to 5, to 7 digit numbers over 50+ years. The only way to know is to find someone still alive  in that specific city  who has a really good memory, find some other documentation where you might be able to figure it out, or ask the Phone Company's historian.

    The historian used to be the best option, except that most of the Phone Companies have closed their museums and fired their historians. The guys who run phone companies today (we're almost back to a monopoly) really don't care about the history of the phone business. Before they worked for the phone company they may have run a bakery or steel mill. They don't care about the phone business any more than they care about who picks up the garbage for the company.

    Sorry, but it's going to be very difficult to find out when a particular city went to a particular type of dialing... without a time machine.

    NOTE:   Irwin Schuster from Tampa says that if you know the city and state that the phone number was located, and you have access to local newspaper files (and lots of spare time), the ads should tell you what year that item was made within a very small range.

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    This is a neat old 17 minute AT&T Video from 1961 when the Phone Company went from Letters and Numbers to
    All Number Calling (which took quite a few years to make it through all the Phone Companies in the country):


    OLD BUTT-SETS

      A Handy Test Set Snap

      By LYNN W. SHIPMAN              May 2,1908

      A very convenient device for attaching a lineman's test set to wires can be made from a piece of No. 10 copper wire. The form of the device is very clearly shown in the accompanying illustration.

      Each snap is made from a piece of wire 12 in. long, which has been twisted twice around a 5/8-in. bolt, after which the ends are twisted together and the bolt slipped out of the ring. After forming the clip in this fashion, the twisted ends can be soldered to electric light drop cord, the joint taped and the attachment made to a magneto test set of the type ordinarily used for testing line trouble.

      In addition to its durability, the writer has found that this type of clip is in some respects a great deal more convenient to rise than the "suspender clip" frequently furnished with the test sets for making attachment to wires. A small snap with saw-tooth jaws frequently catches when the lineman is climbing between the wires, or when being removed from the line, and causes annoyance. It will be readily seen that the home-made clip will not catch on anything, and it is very much more easily put on and removed. The strength of the attachment is shown in the rough test indicated under the conditions prevailing when the accompanying photograph was taken. A test set weighing 22 1/2 oz. is suspended directly from the clip and easily sustained. This shows, in addition to the security of the connection, that a good electrical contact is obtained with the wires to be tested. However, one of the advantages in this clip is that a good pull will release it. The usefulness of this will be appreciated when it is considered that in most cases a lineman will fasten his clip to the wire to be tested and then retire to a convenient place on the pole to wait until he can finish the test with the wire chief. With this type of fastener, when the test is finished, it is unnecessary for him to go hack within reaching distance of the wires in order to detach the set, as a gentle pull on the drop cord will release the snaps.


      Rotary and No-dial Butt-Sets Touch Tone Butt-Sets

       

      Click Here to See Bigger PictureThe Kickmeter (Pointmeter) was the primary cable test set for I/R (Installation/Repair) Technicians for many years. At many Phone Companies, it's been replaced by an electronic tester, called the Sidekick.

      Click here to see a 1941 manual for the Kickmeter. If you can't read it because it's too small in IE, click on the bottom of the graphic, and then click on the little gray and orange box which will make it bigger. To save it, right click and choose "Save Target As" to save it to your hard drive.

      45V KICK METER BATTERY

      Kick Meter
      An experienced phone man can determine the distance to faults on a dry pair (with no battery) by simply flipping the reversing switch a few times, and reading how far the needle "kicks" on this rather simple (but rugged) volt-ohmmeter.

      45V Kick Meter Battery45V Battery

      Dimensions: 2 5/8" x 3 1/2" x 15/16" thick.

      This battery was used in a number of Western Electric testers, including the famous Kick Meter (Point Meter).

      They are now discontinued...

      We do have a Conversion Kit that lets you use regular 9V batteries in place of the original 45V battery, if you don't mind your Kick Meter not being 100% original (see below).

      Part Number: TOH5L   


      CONVERSION KIT FOR 45V KICK METER BATTERY

      Conversion Kit allows you to use regular 9V batteries in place of the old odd-shaped 45V battery.

      9V Kick Meter Battery Conversion Kit9V Kick Meter Battery Conversion Kit Instructions

      Fits right in the battery compartment of the Kick Meter.

      Kit includes 9V batteries and snaps to connect to the battery connector in the Kick Meter.

      Part Number: TOH5N   Price: $47.95


      TELEPHONE SERVICE IRON-ON 3 inch PATCH

      Click Here for a bigger picture of the Patch

      So maybe you want everybody to know you're the Phone Man?

      Iron or Sew them onto your Shirt, Jacket, Hat, and even your Tool Bag!

      The 3 inch size fits perfectly almost anywhere!


      These are official looking patches!

      They have the familiar bell (the copyright has expired), and the type style is the same as the original from many years ago. Really neat!

      Limited Quantity!

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      Part Number: TLS4E   Price: $1.89    |||    10+ Price:   $1.39


      427 NETWORK - TAKEOUT from 2500 SET

      427 Network from 2500 Set



      427 Type Network





      427 Network from 2500 Set









      427 Style Network from a regular 2500 Set.

      Use it as a replacement for a bad network or to make your own telephone.

      Style may vary. This Network has been removed from a tested 500 or 2500 Set.

      Click HERE for Typical 2500 Set Wiring Diagram (pdf)

      Limited Quantity!

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      Part Number: HST5B   Price: $16.95


      ANALOG TELEPHONE NETWORK - FITS IN A HANDSET!

      Network Board








      Network Board






      Network Board



      Make a Handset into a 2 Wire Phone





      Size: 2.5" x 1" x .5"

      Small Network Board connects to Tip and Ring, electret mic and standard receiver cartridge to make a whole phone (without a dial) with this little circuit board.

      Click HERE for Connection Instructions (pdf)

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: XMT1B   Price: $28.50


      OLD RUBBER BUTT-SET SNAP HOOK

      Old Rubber Butt-Set Snap Hook
      Restore your antique Western Electric or BECO Rubber Butt-Set with this replacement Belt Snap Hook.

      I don't know why, but most of these are missing from the Butt-Sets that are still laying around. Includes long screw and nut for mounting.

      Limited Quantity!

      Part Number: TOO2B   Price: $9.95


      BUTT-SET SNAP HOOK

      Butt-Set Snap HookButt-Set Snap Hook

      Oversized replacement Belt Snap Hook, as used on many modern Butt-Sets (not all). We can't tell you which ones this will fit.

      Attaches with two screws (included), and swivels on base plate.

      Replaces smaller Snap Hooks too. The larger size snaps over most 'D Rings', and just about anything else you'll find in a phone room!

      Limited Quantity!

      Part Number: TOO7L   Price: $8.50


      BENT-NOSE BUTT-SET CLIP WITH NAILS and SPIKE

      Bent-Nose Butt-Set Clip with Nails / Spike

      This is the standard Butt-Set Clip.

      The Bent Nose allows the Clips to be used on a 66 Block without shorting together.





      The Bed-of-Nails allows the tech to simply clip to the wire
      to make contact without stripping the wire.



      The Spike is used to connect to aerial drop wire by going through the heavy insulation to the wire.

      It's no longer recommended that you use the Nails or Spike on wire that's used outside, that can get wet. Although the holes are self sealing they won't keep water from getting to the copper conductor.

      Be sure to bend over the strain relief!

      Order 2 if you need a set!

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      Part Number: TOO1O   Price: $5.95


      RED BOOT for BUTT-SET CLIP

      Red Boot for Butt-Set Clip

      This is the standard Butt-Set Clip Boot.

      You do need to remove the clip from the cord to put it on the Clip!

      Order 1 Red and 1 Black if you need a set!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: TOO1Q   Price: $1.25


      BLACK BOOT for BUTT-SET CLIP

      Black Boot for Butt-Set Clip

      This is the standard Butt-Set Clip Boot.

      You do need to remove the clip from the cord to put it on the Clip!

      Order 1 Red and 1 Black if you need a set!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: TOO1R   Price: $1.25


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      ROTARY DIAL SPUDGER with POCKET CLIP and CAPS

      Rotary Dial Spudger with Pocket Clip and Caps Rotary Dial Spudger

      The straight end is used to release the plastic fingerwheel from a rotary dial.

      Includes a molded pocket clip and caps.

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      OLD BECO CATALOGS

      You can learn an awful lot about the telephone business from these two catalogs, from 1968 and 1977. I did!

      Click Here for Bigger Picture of Warren 'Bones' Bohnsack

      Warren "Bones" Bohnsack started what is now called the Beco Equipment Co., which refurbishes and sells used telephone equipment, in 1954.

      His catalogs were chock full of neat telecom stuff. He developed unique telecom products that were used by phone companies all over the world. 

      The end of World War II gave Beco an opportunity to sell lots of surplus, some of which was sold directly to consumers in magazines (phones, old phones made into lamps, etc.).

      Beco still sells and refurbishes telecom equipment worldwide, run by Warren's son Jack..

      Click Here for Bigger Picture of Warren by Phone Booth

      Warren Bohnsack's father owned the Germantown Telephone Company in New York, where he learned the telephone business. After deciding he was a much better salesman than a phone man, he left the operating company where his mother and sister operated the magneto switchboard, and his brother handled the inside and outside plant. His family still runs the phone company today.

      The wholesale prices in these catalogs are very entertaining! The first catalog (below) is full of refurbished phone equipment that is very useful as an aid to identifying old phone equipment. It even has old 1A1(wire spring) key telephone equipment, and conversions from old WE 302 and Stromberg-Carlson 1543 sets to "modern looking" 500 sets.

      In the second catalog (their 30th Anniversary Edition) you'll see some very interesting pictures of young ladies along with lots of telephone equipment. The picture of "Ma Bell" is not what we think of today, with telephones strategically placed around her (cover and page 17). A great way to sell stuff to phone men, but it wouldn't work today (it's not politically correct). I've wanted to do it in our catalog for years, but Donna has threatened me with great bodily harm to important parts if I did.

      Beco's best known product is their 1011 Rubber Butt-Set. They bought the rights to the Rubber Butt-set and the 81A Test Set (predecessor to the electronic toner) from Western Electric. They updated the Butt-set to use a standard size rotary dial, instead of the little one that required a pencil or small fingers to dial (but I loved that Butt-set!), put a better "Talk/Monitor" switch in the unit, and put in a modern T-1 transmitter and U-1 receiver. That Butt-set is the most rugged ever developed, and is still in use today around the world! They replaced the rotary dial with a touch tone pad in their tone model, still in the same round shape.

      The first catalog shows the 1011 with a Western Electric dial, and a mouthpiece area that's exactly like the original WE set. The second catalog shows a redesigned model with a larger rubber mouthpiece, and an AE dial. It also shows the 81A Test Set (buzzer), which faded into obscurity as soon as electronic phone systems started appearing. The buzzer in the 81A is easily heard when tracing wires, but it was soon learned that the large spikes created by the buzzer destroyed electronic phone equipment. If you have an 81A Test Set, don't even think about using it!

      The second catalog also shows the mid-70's line of Stromberg-Carlson phones. I particularly liked their 1800 sets that looked just like the WE Call Director, but was available in a six button version. I loved them because they made it easy for me to compete with Illinois Bell, who could only supply traditional looking 2564 six button desk sets. They were pretty reasonably priced, too.

      NOTE: BECO is out of business.   These are genuine antique catalogs from 30 or 40 years ago, so unless you have a time machine you aren't going to be able to buy this stuff for the prices listed!

      If you really want something you see in one of these catalogs, your best bet is to call Mary at 608-582-4124. She might have it for sale, or know where you can get it.

      Click to See Bigger Cover of Beco Catalog Number 25

      Click to See Neat Picture on Cover!

      1. Beco 1011 Butt-set & 81A Test Set (Girl) 
      2. Stromberg-Carlson Sets - 1
      3. Stromberg-Carlson Sets - 2
      4. Handsets & Headsets (Girl)
      5. Reproduction Old Phones (Bonnie & Clyde Sets)
      6. Bells & Ringers (Girl)
      7. Telephone Line Amplifiers (Monitors & Speakerphone)
      8. Reconditioned Phones
      9. Outdoor Telephones & Enclosures (Girl)
      10. PA Amplifier, Amplified Handset & AE Speakerphone
      11. Switchboards, Power Supplies, Test Set
      12. Portable Field Phones
      13. Trophy Phone w/Calculator, Payphones, Magneto Set
      14. Replacement Parts - 1
      15. Replacement Parts - 2
      16. Seiscor Telephone Tester & Antique Wall Phone
      17. Girls!
      18. Rear Cover, Contents, Ericofons
      19. Introduction of Staff, with Pictures


      OLD CORD and CORDLESS SWITCHBOARDS

       

      Switchboards were originally located at telephone company Central Offices, and were used to connect subscribers together so they could talk.

      When businesses began installing multiple phones within their buildings, an on-site switchboard was used to connect a particular phone to an outside line. The switchboard also provided an intercom, where the operator would connect one phone to another in a different part of the building. These were the first PBXs (Private Branch Exchange).

      Some companies installed a separate PAX (Private Area Exchange), which was an automatic intercom between employees using various types of dials or push-buttons. Not all locations in a business would have both types of phones on the desk, since few employees would need to talk to people outside their company in those days. While a PAX could be purchased by a business, a PBX and the telephones connected to it would normally be rented (costing quite a bit over the years!).

      Later, PBXs allowed users to dial both between phones and onto the CO lines.

      When there were multiple positions that weren't covered by operators (like at night), an operator could use a plug from her switchboard in a jack of one on either side. The plugs, combined with their associated switches, were what actually rang and connected telephones (the jacks). An operator could connect a phone with another phone, or a trunk that went to another office (also a jack).

      Phone company operators often had to keep track of the charges for the calls she connected, using a timer device called a Calculagraph.


      Central Office Switchboards

       

      PBX & PAX Switchboards and Phones

      Test Desk on the left of the Switchboard
      Interesting Switchboard with only two positions with cords, but a third position with jacks for subscribers on the far right (used by right set of cords). Test Desk with meter is hanging on the
      left side of the Switchboard.  Picture courtesy of Dave Cherry, Cincinnati, OH

      Click for a bigger picture of the old Magneto Test Desk

                       Click for a bigger photo of the really old
                        Magneto Test Desk. Note that the two
                        chains hanging down are not
                       from the Test Desk.

       

      Click for bigger picture of the Weston Voltmeter in the Magneto Test Desk

      Click for a bigger photo of the
      Weston Voltmeter on the Magneto
      Test Desk. Some markings are barely
      visible above some of the buttons.

       

      Western Electric Magneto Test Desk photo courtesy of Dave Cherry, Cincinnati, OH

      Click for bigger picture of the Drop and connections to the Magneto Test Desk

      Click for a bigger photo of the Drops (used
      for incoming calls instead of a lamp), and connections on the Magneto Test Desk

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      SWITCHBOARD LAMP EXTRACTOR

      Switchboard and 51A Lamp ExtractorSwitchboard and 51A Lamp Extractor

      These types of lamps are usually recessed into a hole, and you just can't quite grab them with a long nose pliers (it slips off). This is the traditional answer, with the original wooden handle.

      Part Number: TOO7C   Price: $13.99


      OLD PHONES

       

      There have been a ton of models and styles of phones through the years! I'm going to try to show you some of the more interesting ones I've been able to get pictures of.

      The pictures at the left are Touch Tone (DTMF) dials! Click on them to see a bigger picture of the unique dial.

      Western Electric experimented for quite a while before coming up with the familiar 3 across and four down dial we use today. There is actually a fourth column to the left on some phones - known as A, B, C and D. These have been used on special phones in the past, including the US Military's Autovon system.

      The top picture is a prototype Model 300 set from the 1950's with 10 buttons, laid out in two rows.

      The next one down shows a Western Electric Test Desk, with 10 buttons laid out in two columns going down from the same time period. This dial was added after the Test Desk was originally put into service. Myron Butler (from CMC) says this was probably an MF (Multi-Frequency) dial rather than a DTMF (Dual Tone Multi Frequency) dial. MF was used to communicate between switches in the old AT&T Long Distance Network.

      On prototypes, the dials were round white buttons with black letters and numbers. They were screwed onto posts, and locked in place with a nut so they could be placed horizontally or vertically. When Western Electric Touch Tone phones were finally introduced, they had the familiar gray buttons with white lettering. Some other manufacturers stayed with the white buttons. Everybody went with square buttons in the 3 by 4 grid layout.

      The picture of the yellow phone is a prototype, modified 500 set, with a 10 button dial inserted into an adapter taking the place of the rotary dial. This same adapter (with 12 buttons) was used on the larger style 554 wall phones for some time, although the 2554 Mini-Wall Phone was much more stylish.

      12 Button dials with * and #  keys for special services came out rather quickly after the introduction of Touch Tone Service in 1963, and the 10 button dial was discontinued.

      Talking about prototypes, the bottom picture is what I think is the neatest phone I've seen come out of Western Electric... the Shmoo Phone! It's a prototype that was only used for a short time in New Brunswick, NJ. It came out about the same time as the TV show "Get Smart," and it sure looks like Maxwell Smart's Shoe Phone. This prototype eventually became the very popular Trimline set.

       

      Magneto and Rotary Dial Phones Touch Tone Phones and Adapters

      OLD AT&T VIDEOS

      Click the picture for a bunch of neat old videos from the
      AT&T Archive on YouTube (opens in a new tab):

      Click to go to the AT&T Archive of videos on YouTube


      Retr0Bright

      For decades, the world has been trying to find a way to remove the yellowing of plastic, caused by UV light.

      Click on the picture to go to the Retr0bright home page. This is a before and after of a computer case after using Retr0bright

      UV light from both the sun and fluorescent office lights will eventually turn any light colored plastic yellow, including plastics made with UV inhibitors. If too much UV inhibitor is mixed in with the plastic, the plastic gets brittle and breaks easily.

      This is a real problem for light colored antique phones and computers, since few people want to display the ugly yellowed plastic in their collection of neat stuff.

      The yellowing is generally only on the vary top layer of the plastic - it's seldom if ever yellowed all the way through.

      The first method for getting rid of the yellowing on plastic was to use a buffing wheel to remove the top layer of plastic. That's possible on a phone with smooth (shiny) plastic, but it won't work on textured or flat plastics. It's also very labor intensive because you have to buff off the plastic in all the grooves and edges, which can be difficult to impossible.

      The plastic can also be sanded down with sand paper until the yellowing is gone, instead of using a buffing wheel with an aggressive rouge.

      Note that a regular grinder that spins at 3600 rpm will destroy just about any plastic, because of the heat that builds up as you press the plastic against the buffing wheel. A real buffing wheel spins at 1800 RPM, and even then you have to keep the part moving - and not press too hard to prevent the plastic surface from being burned (you can destroy a perfectly nice antique very quickly with a buffing wheel!).

      After the top layer of yellowed plastic is buffed or sanded off, the plastic has to be polished with a buffing wheel with a polishing compound, so it's shiny. Again, this is impossible if the phone or computer has textured surfaces.

      For business phones, painting quickly became the method of choice to remove the yellowing, and sell the phone as refurbished. There are some good painters, and some very bad painters. They use good paint, and very bad paint. Drips, runs and dust in the paint is common with the bad painters (I've picked up a painted handset that felt like sand paper there was so much dust on it). Maybe not a big deal for a desk phone in an office, but a bad choice for an antique.

      In the 90's, there was a company who dipped the yellowed plastic in a solution to remove the yellowing (the phone had to be completely disassembled). Apparently it worked sometimes, but the company went out of business.

      Recently, some geeks who understand chemistry came up with a chemical mix they call Retr0bright.  It's not a commercial cleaner you can buy. It's a formula for a mixture you can put together yourself to remove the yellowing from your own stuff... if you're really brave and careful (these chemicals could easily disfigure you, or worse).

      The pictures at the left and above show computer cases before and after treatment.

      This is actually very amazing. Of course, as soon as you remove the yellowing the UV light we all live in will start yellowing it again (unless you keep it in the dark?).

      Click HERE to go to the Retr0bright Web Site, for more information.


      OLD TOOLS and EQUIPMENT

      In going through these ads, it's amazing to see how many of the companies in the telephone business were started in the Chicago area. Here are some neat old tools, blocks etc...



      TELEPHONE COMPANIES

      In the beginning... There was the Bell System, an organization of phone companies with the same owner. There were also the Independents, who were all of the other phone companies owned by anyone else (who teamed up to compete with the Bell System).

      The rivalry included "long distance" lines between phone companies, which carried traffic between cities. In the beginning, you couldn't even call someone who was a subscriber in the competing system, since the lines didn't connect anywhere.

      There was pretty fierce fighting between these groups for many years. Bell eventually won, buying up most of the Independents after beating them into submission. 

      The Bell System owned Western Electric, which manufactured or sourced most of the popular stuff used by the Bell System. There were many manufacturers competing for the Independent's business, as well as trying to sell to the Bell System. You'll see ads for a lot of those companies throughout this page.

      The Telephone, a video that we sell (further down the page), does a great job of explaining the development of the telephone and the Bell System - and how they beat the Independents. It's well worth watching, and not very expensive.

      Click on the interesting patch on the left!  It was sold by an organization called TAP in the 1970's. It was made to look exactly like the patch then worn on the jackets of Bell System employees throughout the country (the jackets with the racing stripes). Members of TAP were really the first "hackers," primarily concentrating on making free phone calls through "The Phone Company." They were based in New York. Members of TAP 'invented' the various colored boxes which allowed free calls. Some of them also did jail time, since 'Ma Bell' wasn't too happy with them - and she had a lot of pull with the authorities!


      OLD PAYPHONES

      Click Here to See Bigger Picture The first payphones had an attendant who collected the money and placed the calls. The phones were often in very fancy large booths.

      William Gray, who is considered the "inventor" of the payphone, started the Gray Telephone Pay Station Co. in 1891. A patent allowed him to sell his "unattended"  payphones to all of the phone companies in the country. 

      He started selling the familiar "3 Slot" payphone in 1913, which remained basically the same (many interchangeable parts) until 1965 (see ad below).

      The same payphone parts were used by many different manufacturers, who added their own handsets, transmitters, dials etc.

      Gray was sold to Automatic Electric in 1948.

      This is the Strangest Phone I've Ever Seen!

      Located on a Gulf Island in British Columbia, Canada

      Scanned from 2600 Magazine... The Hacker Quarterly

      Photo by Steven McClain

      Click Here for Bigger Picture of Western Electric Pay PhoneClick Here for Bigger Picture of Automatic Electric Pay Phone


      OLD MANHOLE COVERS

      Photo by Stu Shulman

      Western Union Manhole Cover in Manhattan - New York City

      Located near Thomas & Hudson Street, Stu from S&S Interconnect took this picture in 2014, and says there were two of these along the sidewalk. He said it's not far from AT&T's old switching center at 32 Ave of Americas, and a couple of blocks from AT&T's current switching center on Thomas Street.


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      POSTER: The Telephone Story

      Click Here for Bigger Telephone Story PosterThe Telephone Story

      Collector's Item from 1969...

      This is the first thing visitors walk up to in our office!

      Actual Poster distributed by AT&T to consumers in 1969. AT&T ran ads in magazines, asking for readers to write them a free copy. Even the full page ad was pretty impressive!

      This fantastic Poster features pictures of 30 phones, ranging from Bell's first in 1876 to the "new" Picturephone in 1969 (which was never actually put into full production).

      There is a Limited Supply of these posters, so you should buy one now if you think it would look good in your home or office. Shipped in a tube, ready for framing.

      Click on the Poster to see it in more detail. Thanks to David Massey of the Tribute to the Telephone web site for the great scan of the Poster!

      Part Number: CID3J   Price: $24.95


      Adjusting an old 500 or 2500 set to ring on lower voltages (like a VoIP device)

      The old 500 and 2500 sets with double gong ringers, and 2554 sets (mini-wall phones) with single gong ringers, have a small bias spring to adjust the clapper on the bell. The bias spring was normally shipped in the high position so the bell wouldn't tap when a rotary phone was dialed or another phone went on and off-hook - which can put out a spike that's enough to move the clapper a little.

      If you have less than the standard 90V AC ringing and would like to make an old style phone ring, you could try setting the bias spring to the low position to see if it rings.


      AT&T 2500 set from 1973
       

      AT&T
      (or ITT, or Stromberg Carlson, or Comdial)  2500 Set

       

      2500 Set Markings
      (Usually no REN value listed)

      The 5/73 in Orange is the date it was refurbished by Bell
       

      Double Gong Ringer
       

                Bias Spring in Low Position

      Bias Spring in High Position


      We can engineer and manufactuer special devices quickly!



      We Specialize in Strange Telecom Stuff!

      If you need a piece of telecom or electronic equipment manufactured, use our telecom expertise, our existing products, our plastic enclosures, and short run manufacturing experience to help you get your product made quickly.

      It may take us as little as a day to engineer a way to solve a strange problem, and only a short time to put it into production... even in small quantities.





      BOOK: Everything Happened Around the Switchboard

      Everything Happened Around the SwitchboardEverything Happened Around the Switchboard

      by Michael R. Hathaway

      Pages: 190
      Soft Cover

      This is really fun reading! I sure wouldn't want to do what Eldon Hathaway and his family did for over 30 years to keep the Bryant Pond Telephone Co. operating.

      Setting poles, running open wire in the dead of winter, fixing and replacing old crank phones, repairing and replacing finicky old switchboards, driving and repairing finicky old telephone trucks... Makes me glad I've worked as a phone man in the city!

      We don't know how good we've got it, but you can sure find out in this great book!

      Part Number: CID3A   Price: $19.95


      BOOK: Just an Old Telephone Man

      BOOK: Just an Old Telephone ManJust an Old Telephone Man

      by Rufus "Judge" Pattengill

      Pages: 100
      Soft Cover

      If you've been a phone man, this really hits home! Judge describes his career as a phone man, from his first days (including morning coffee), through his retirement.

      He spent time as a Lineman, Installation/Repair, Tester, Engineer, and finally in management. He's got an incredible number of stories that would be interesting to anyone, but they're really funny and familiar to a phone man!

      Well worth the read!

      Part Number: CID2D   Price: $15.95


      CD-ROM: HISTORY OF COMPUTERS

      by Mark Greenia

      A History of the People and Machines that made Computing History!

      A great tool for students, teachers, researchers, and anyone interested in Computer History. Covers early mechanical calculating devices, early vacuum tube computers, Giant Brains, early mainframes and minicomputers, early microcomputers and more!



      Covers the following topics and more:

    • Early calculating machines
    • Early typewriters and office machines
    • Early electronic calculators
    • Microprocessor History
    • Historical chronology of Robotics
    • History of ARPA, ArpaNet, Internet
    • Historical Firsts in Computing
    • Evolution of Counting Methods
    • Photos of early computers and pioneers
    • Early Vacuum Tube Computers
    • Portable Electronic Calculators
    • Early Storage Technology
    • Five Generations of Computers
    • Early Time Sharing; Magnetic Media
    • Early Programming Languages
    • Mark Greenia put a lot of work into compiling this CD, which includes LOTS of pictures of old computer stuff!

      Limited Quantity!

      Part Number: CID5C   Price: $9.95


      TIN SIGN: AT&T Long Distance

      Click Here for Bigger SignAT&T Bell System Sign

      Reproduction: 8" by 8" Blue and White Porcelain Over Tin Sign
      Very thick, well made sign. Signs like this hung outside many Phone Company offices around the country for years.


      Click Here for Bigger Sign

      For many years, there was a Fierce Fight between the Independents and Bell. Bell eventually won, pretty much buying up most of the Independents. As you can see, they both talked about their Local and Long Distance service.

      Click on the Independent Badge to see a bigger version. Sorry, we don't have any Independent signs for sale.

      Part Number: CID5A   Price: $26.95


      Need DIALTONE to use, and show off your great collection of dial phones?

      You can actually USE the phones in your collection! You can actually USE the phones in your collection!

      The PBXtra is a small, inexpensive PBX that will allow you to actually use those great looking phones! You can attach 8 Phones with their own extension numbers to the PBXtra, to call among themselves. Even more if you double up on extension numbers! Each port has around 2 REN (will ring 2 bells in standard 500 sets).

      If you want to call out of your house, dedicate one or more ports to outside lines. Since all 8 ports on the PBXtra are universal, they can either be extension ports or outside lines. Lines are accessed by dialing 9. You can program incoming calls to ring at any extension you choose (or all extensions). If you have 2 outside lines, you'll have 6 extension ports to use for phones. If you have 1 outside line, you'll have 7 extension ports for phones.

      The PBXtra can be set up to use rotary phones for both inside and outside dialing, so it's perfect for collectors!

      NOTE: Do NOT use the PBXtra with telephones that have a crank, and/or internal batteries. Those types of phones will probably blow up the PBXtra, but can be wired together among themselves to form a little "system."

      8 PORT PBX: PBXtra

      PBXtra Phone SystemPBXtra Phone System

      PBXtra 8 Port Phone System

      Uses Standard Analog (Single Line) Phones

      8 Universal Ports (Each Port can be a Station or Trunk)

      Comes Factory Configured for 6 Stations and 2 CO Lines (Loop Start Only)

      Some Popular Uses:

      • Line Sharing for Modems (Modem Speed is Limited to 28K)
      • Telephone Line Simulator for Testing Telephones, Modems or Systems
      • Telephone Line Simulator for Demonstrating Telephone Equipment at Trade Shows
      • Use for Dial Tone in a shop repairing telephones, or phone systems.
      • When used for line sharing, put a fax on one port and all incoming calls will go to the fax, while the fax will use the next available line for outgoing calls.

      I DON'T Recommend using the PBXtra as a phone system in your house or business, since modern Key Systems that have a light and button for each line, and a hold button, are MUCH Easier to Use! Even so, there are still some crackpots using this type of phone system (or Centrex) with single line phones, and they just tell you to "Call back if I cut you off while transferring you." That's a pretty impressive way to do business!

      Some Specs:

      • 48VDC Talk battery - 90VAC 20 Cycle Ring Voltage (2 REN per station).
      • 8 Non-Blocking Universal ports, defaults 2 by 6. DIP Switches select line or station. 8 Mod Jacks on side of cabinet.
      • Programs from first station port (X100), using touch tone phone.
      • Default Dial 9 for CO Line. Program other Trunk Groups as desired. Gives Busy Signal if all trunks busy.
      • Incoming calls can be programmed to ring at any station.
      • DISA feature answers an incoming call and allows caller to get dial tone, and dial an extension number (or trunk access code) when calling into the system. The caller must know what extension number to dial. There are no voice prompts. NOTE: Allowing DISA on a system with CO line access is dangerous, since anybody can call into your system and then dial out again.
      • Dial out Tone or Rotary on CO Lines. Stations can use Tone or Rotary Phones. CO Lines must be programmed for Rotary, to allow rotary phones to dial outside the system.
      • Programmable ACD (Automatic Call Distribution) Feature.
      • Music on Hold Input.
      • Maximum data speed of 28K from Stations.
      • RS-232 port for SMDR (Station Message Detail Recording) shows all calls made and received (the PBXtra does NOT receive or pass Caller ID).

      Part Number: CID3S   Price: $349.95


      CLOTH COVERED HANDSET CORDS

      The Cloth Coverings on these cords make them perfect to replace original cords on antiques and replicas, or to give a modern phone an unusual look.

      Great for home or office phones!


      3.5' BROWN CLOTH COVERED RECEIVER CORD - 2 CONDUCTOR

      Cloth 2 Conductor Receiver CordCloth 2 Conductor Receiver Cord

      3.5' 2 Conductor Brown Cloth Covered RECEIVER Cord has Lugs, with Ties at ends for securing cord in receiver and base.

      NOTE: This is used for telephones with a separate receiver and transmitter, like a Candlestick or a Wood Wall Phone.

      Part Number: HST3A   Price: $13.95


      4.5' BROWN CLOTH COVERED HANDSET CORD - SPADE TO SPADE

      Cloth 4 Conductor Handset CordCloth 4 Cond Handset Cord

      4.5' Straight (not Coiled) Handset Cord has Spade Lugs, and Metal Retainers at ends for securing cord in handset and base. If your phone only uses 3 wires, just tape or cut off the extra wire.

      Part Number: HST3J   Price: $13.95


      4.5' BROWN CLOTH COVERED HANDSET CORD - MODULAR

      Cloth Modular Handset Cord4.5 Foot Brown Cloth Modular Handset Cord

      Straight (not Coiled) Brown 4.5' (4 1/2 foot) Cloth Covered MODULAR Handset Cord.

      These are most often used on Replica phones.

      Part Number: HST3B   Price: $9.95


      4.5' BLACK CLOTH COVERED HANDSET CORD - MODULAR

      Same as above, with Black Cloth Covered Cord.

      Cloth Modular Handset Cord4.5 Foot Black Modular Handset Cord

      Straight (not Coiled) Black 4.5' (4 1/2 foot) Cloth Covered MODULAR Handset Cord.

      These are most often used on Replica phones.

      Part Number: HST3I   Price: $9.95


      CLOTH COVERED BASE CORDS

      The Cloth Coverings on these Line Cords make them perfect to replace original Base Cords on antiques, or give modern phones a unique look.

      Great for home or office phones!


      7' MODULAR to SPADE BROWN CLOTH COVERED BASE CORD - BROWN

      Cloth 4 Conductor Spade to Mod Base Cord7' Cloth 4 Cond Spade to Mod Base Cord

      7' 4 Conductor Brown Cloth Covered Base Cord has Spade Lugs with a retainer on one end (for the phone), and a Modular Plug on the other end for the wall.

      The Modular Plug allows you to use your phone in modern Modular Jacks.

      These used to be called 'Quarter Modular' (1/4 Modular) cords.

      Part Number: HST3C   Price: $10.95


      14' MODULAR to SPADE LUG CLOTH COVERED BASE CORD - BROWN

      Cloth 4 Conductor Spade to Mod Base Cord14' Cloth 4 Cond Spade to Mod Base Cord

      14' 4 Conductor Brown Cloth Covered Base Cord has Spade Lugs with a retainer on one end (for the phone), and a Modular Plug on the other end for the wall.

      The Modular Plug allows you to use your phone in modern Modular Jacks.

      These used to be called 'Quarter Modular' (1/4 Modular) cords.

      Part Number: HST3D   Price: $17.95


      7' MODULAR CLOTH COVERED BASE CORD - BROWN

      Cloth Modular Handset Cord7' Cloth Modular Line Cord in Brown

      7' 4 Conductor Brown Cloth Covered Base Cord has Modular Plugs on both ends, for modern phones.

      Part Number: HST3E   Price: $10.95


      7' MODULAR CLOTH COVERED BASE CORD - BLACK

      Cloth Modular Handset Cord7' Cloth Modular Line Cord in Black

      7' 4 Conductor Black Cloth Covered Base Cord has Modular Plugs on both ends, for modern phones.

      Part Number: HST3G   Price: $10.95


      14' MODULAR CLOTH COVERED BASE CORD - BROWN

      Cloth Modular Line Cord14' Cloth Modular Line Cord in Brown

      14' 4 Conductor Brown Cloth Covered Base Cord has Modular Plugs on both ends, for modern phones.

      Part Number: HST3F   Price: $17.95


      14' MODULAR CLOTH COVERED BASE CORD - BLACK

      Cloth Modular Handset Cord14' Cloth Modular Line Cord - Black

      14' 4 Conductor Black Cloth Covered Base Cord has Modular Plugs on both ends, for modern phones.

      Part Number: HST3H   Price: $17.95


      TELEPHONE LINE CORDS (MOUNTING CORDS)

        These are Stocked Sizes of Mounting Cords,
      but we can make anything you need:

      (Click to go to that size)

      Very Short Modular Mounting Cords: Silver Satin & Black
      5" to 18.5" Cords for Wall Phones and Special Applications

      7'   2 and 4 Conductor Modular Mounting Cords: Silver Satin & Black

      14' 4 Conductor Modular Mounting Cords: Silver Satin & Black

      25' 4 Conductor Modular Mounting Cords: Silver Satin & Black

      6 Conductor Modular Mounting Cords: Silver Satin in 7, 14 & 25'

      8 Conductor Modular Mounting Cords: Silver Satin in 7, 14 & 25'

      For 8 Conductor Mounting Cords our  Black & Gray Patch Cords work great... Especially as replacement VoIP Phone Mounting Cords!

      We make Custom
      Modular Line Cords with
      2, 4, 6 and 8 Conductor
      Flat and Round Cable

      The TRUTH about Modular Telephone Cords...

               You Won't Believe it!

      Modular Line Cords are wired so the ends are Reversed


      Modular Line Cords are wired so the ends are REVERSED!

      Black is on the RIGHT on the top plug, and on the LEFT on the
      bottom plug on the other end of the cord



      Bell Labs made the decision way back when that the order of the wires in each modular connection should be reversed.

      That means that the order of the pins in the mod jack on the wall is in the reverse order of the mod jack on the back of the telephone.

      Why? I have no idea but the guys at Bell Labs were the smartest guys around so they must have had a reason at the time.

      Flat Telephone Line Cord often has a seam running down just one side of the cord to help with the orientation of the plugs as they're installed. Sometimes the individual wires in the flat cord aren't colored at all, or there's just one colored wire.

      Modular Line Cords are wired so the ends are Reversed





      When held with the clips down, you can see that Yellow is on the right on
      one end of the cord, and Black on the other.








      In special applications the plugs may be put on so black or yellow is on the same side at each end. That's referred to as a Straight Through (Straight-Thru) cord (not reversed).

      But Wait...

      When Bell Labs came out with the 8 Conductor Modular Mounting Cords for the Horizon PBX (and later the Merlin) they decided to make the line cords Straight Through, not Reversed.

      That's carried through to today's Modular Ethernet Networking Cords:

      Ethernet Data Cords are wired so the ends are Straight Through



      The wires are lined up the same from left to right on both ends of an Ethernet Cable.




      Ethernet Data Cords are wired so the ends are Straight Through



      Brown/White is on the same side on the Mod Plugs on each end of the cord.







      5 INCH SILVER SATIN LINE CORD

      5 Inch Modular Silver Satin Line Cord

      5 Inch Modular Silver Satin Line Cord





      Standard (Reversed) Modular Cord for Wall Phones or any device requiring a Short Mod Cord.

      We can make any size cord you need.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER4I   Price: $0.75


      5 INCH BLACK LINE CORD

      5 Inch Modular Black Line Cord

      5 Inch Modular Black Line Cord





      Standard Reversed Modular Cord for Wall Phones or any device requiring a Short Mod Cord.

      We can make any size cord you need.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: TLS5T   Price: $0.75


      8.5 INCH BLACK LINE CORD

      8.5 Inch Modular Black Line Cord

      8.5 Inch Modular Black Line Cord





      Standard Reversed Modular Cord for Wall Phones or any device requiring a Short Mod Cord.

      We can make any size cord you need.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: TLS5R   Price: $0.85


      8.5 INCH STRAIGHT-THRU (Not Reversed) BLACK LINE CORD

      8.5 Inch Straight Through Modular Black Line Cord

      8.5 Inch Modular Black Line Cord wired Straight-Thru





      Straight Through (Not Reversed) Modular Cord for a device requiring a Short Mod Line Cord that's NOT reversed.

      We can make any size cord you need.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MSA7P   Price: $0.85


      18 INCH BLACK LINE CORD

      18 Inch Modular Black Handset Cord

      18 Inch Modular Black Line Cord


      Black Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord for any device requiring a Short Modular Cord.

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: PAP9C   Price: $0.89


      7' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 2 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      7' 2 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with only 2 Conductors!

      Sometimes you have to make sure that whatever is on the second pair in the jack
      doesn't get to the phone. That's where a 2 Conductor Modular Line Cord can save
      you the labor of rewiring the jacks.




      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER4T   Price: $1.99    |||   20+ Price:   $1.49


      STANDARD 7' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 4 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      Standard 7' 4 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with 4 Conductors

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3A   Price: $1.39


      7' BLACK LINE CORD - 4 CONDUCTOR!

      Black Modular Line Cord





      7' 4 Conductor Black Modular Mounting Cord




      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with 4 Conductors

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MSC3R   Price: $1.99


      STANDARD 14' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 4 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      Standard 14' 4 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with 4 Conductors

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3B   Price: $1.84


      14' BLACK LINE CORD - 4 CONDUCTOR!

      Black Modular Line Cord





      14' 4 Conductor Black Modular Mounting Cord




      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with 4 Conductors

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MSC3S   Price: $2.49


      STANDARD 25' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 4 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      Standard 25' 4 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with 4 Conductors

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3C   Price: $2.79


      25' BLACK LINE CORD - 4 CONDUCTOR!

      Black Modular Line Cord





      25' 4 Conductor Black Modular Mounting Cord




      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with 4 Conductors

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MSC3T   Price: $3.29


      7' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 6 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      Standard 7' 6 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with 6 Conductors

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3D   Price: $1.84


      14' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 6 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      Standard 14' 6 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with 6 Conductors

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3E   Price: $2.55


      25' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 6 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      Standard 25' 6 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Standard (Reversed) Modular Mounting Cord with 6 Conductors

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3F   Price: $4.49


      7' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 8 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      Standard 7' 8 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Straight-Thru Modular Mounting Cord with 8 Conductors

      If you need it in Black to match a phone, White to get up and down a wall without being noticed (much), or in a longer length get our CAT5e Patch Cord which will do the same thing.

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Limited Quantity!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3G   Price: $2.69


      14' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 8 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      Standard 14' 8 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Straight-Thru Modular Mounting Cord with 8 Conductors

      If you need it in Black to match a phone, White to get up and down a wall without being noticed (much), or in a longer length get our CAT5e Patch Cord which will do the same thing.

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Limited Quantity!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3H   Price: $3.99


      25' SILVER SATIN LINE CORD - 8 CONDUCTOR!

      Silver Satin Modular Line Cord





      Standard 25' 8 Conductor Silver Satin Modular Mounting Cord


      Straight-Thru Modular Mounting Cord with 8 Conductors

      If you need it in Black to match a phone, White to get up and down a wall without being noticed (much), or in a longer length get our CAT5e Patch Cord which will do the same thing.

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Limited Quantity!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3I   Price: $5.99


      14' SPADE TO MODULAR SILVER SATIN MODULAR CORD

      14' Spade to Modular Quarter Modular Line Cord

      14' Spade to Modular Line Cord - Silver Satin


      Also called a 'Quarter Modular' or '1/4 Modular' Line Cord



      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3K   Price: $3.59


      4 CONDUCTOR SILVER SATIN MODULAR CORD - 1,000 FOOT ROLL

      1,000 Foot Roll of Modular Line Cord

      Modular Line Cord - Silver Satin




      1,000 Foot Roll of 4 Conductor Flat Silver Satin

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER4B   Price: $82.95


      4 CONDUCTOR BLACK MODULAR CORD - 1,000 FOOT ROLL

      1,000' Roll of 4 Conductor Black Flat Line Cord

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER4H   Price: $82.95


      6 CONDUCTOR SILVER SATIN MODULAR CORD - 1,000 FOOT ROLL

      1,000' Roll of 6 Conductor Flat Silver Satin Line Cord

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER4D   Price: $119.95


      MODULAR TELEPHONE HANDSET CORDS CORDS


      These are the Best Handset Cords we can find! A lot of Handset Cords turn into a knotted mess very quickly.

      If you don't unwind your cords once in a while, or use our Universal Handset Cord UnTwister™ which will untwist them automatically, these will also eventually turn into a knotted mess, It will just take longer.


      Modular Handset Cords are wired so the ends are Reversed


      Modular Handset Cords are wired so the ends are REVERSED!

      Black is on the LEFT on the top plug, and on the RIGHT on the
      bottom plug on the other end of the handset cord



      Bell Labs made the decision way back when that the order of the wires in each modular connection should be reversed.

      That means that the order of the pins in the mod jack in the phone is in the reverse order of the mod jack on the handset. I don't know why?

      Flat Telephone Handset Coiled Cord often has a seam running down just one side of the cord to help with the orientation of the plugs as they're installed. Sometimes the individual wires in the flat cord aren't colored at all, or there's just one colored wire.

      Modular Handset Cords are wired so the ends are Reversed





      When held with the clips down, you can see that Black is on the right on
      one end of the cord, and Red on the other.








      In special applications the plugs may be put on so black or red is on the same side at each end. That's referred to as a Straight Through (Straight-Thru) cord (not reversed).

      In the old days when all the phones had carbon transmitters the polarity of the handset didn't matter. Today, 99% of the phones have electret transmitters which contain a transistor so they're polarity sensitive. If you somehow get a straight-thru handset cord on a phone with an electret transmitter that needs a regular reversed handset cord, there will be 'no-transmit.'


      5 INCH BLACK HANDSET CORD - STRAIGHT (Not Coiled)

      5 Inch Modular Black Handset Cord

      5 Inch Modular Black Handset Cord





      Black Standard (Reversed) Modular Handset Cord for any device requiring a Short Modular Handset Cord.

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: TLS5S   Price: $0.75


      9 INCH SILVER SATIN HANDSET CORD - STRAIGHT (Not Coiled)

      9 Inch Modular Silver Satin Handset Cord

      9 Inch Modular Silver Satin Handset Cord





      Silver Satin Standard (Reversed) Modular Handset Cord for any device requiring a Short Modular Handset Cord.

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: ASY9B   Price: $0.85


      9 INCH BLACK HANDSET CORD - STRAIGHT (Not Coiled)

      9 Inch Modular Black Handset Cord

      9 Inch Modular Black Handset Cord





      Black Standard (Reversed) Modular Handset Cord for any device requiring a Short Modular Handset Cord.

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: ASY9A   Price: $0.85


      18 INCH BLACK HANDSET CORD - STRAIGHT (Not Coiled)

      18 Inch Modular Black Handset Cord

      18 Inch Modular Black Handset Cord





      Black Standard (Reversed) Modular Handset Cord for any device requiring a Short Modular Handset Cord.

      We can make any size cord you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: PAP9D   Price: $0.89


      6' BLACK HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular Black Handset Cord

      6' Black Modular Handset Cord



      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6A   Price: $1.24


      12' BLACK HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular Black Handset Cord

      12' Black Modular Handset Cord



      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6B   Price: $1.79


      25' BLACK HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular Black Handset Cord

      25' Black Modular Handset Cord



      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6C   Price: $2.69


      6' FLAT BLACK HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular Flat Black Handset Cord

      6' Flat Black Modular Handset Cord



      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7J   Price: $1.49


      12' FLAT BLACK HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular Flat Black Handset Cord

      12' Flat Black Modular Handset Cord



      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7K   Price: $2.19


      6' CHARCOAL GRAY HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular Charcoal Gray Handset Cord

      6' Charcoal Gray Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7A   Price: $1.24


      12' CHARCOAL GRAY HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular Charcoal Gray Handset Cord

      12' Charcoal Gray Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7B   Price: $1.79


      25' CHARCOAL GRAY HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular Charcoal Gray Handset Cord

      25' Charcoal Gray Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7C   Price: $2.69


      6' AVAYA EURO (PARTNER) GRAY HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular Avaya Euro (Partner) Gray Handset Cord

      6' Avaya Euro (Partner) Gray Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: HST1D   Price: $1.79


      12' AVAYA EURO (PARTNER) GRAY HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular Avaya Euro (Partner) Gray Handset Cord

      12' Avaya Euro (Partner) Gray Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: HST1E   Price: $2.79


      25' AVAYA EURO (PARTNER) GRAY HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular Avaya Euro (Partner) Gray Handset Cord

      25' Avaya Euro (Partner) Gray Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: HST1F   Price: $4.99


      6' LIGHT GRAY HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular Light Gray Handset Cord

      6' Light Gray Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7D   Price: $1.24


      12' LIGHT GRAY HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular Light Gray Handset Cord

      12' Light Gray Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7E   Price: $1.79


      25' LIGHT GRAY HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular Light Gray Handset Cord

      25' Light Gray Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7F   Price: $2.69


      6' ALMOND HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular Almond Handset Cord

      6' Almond Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7M   Price: $1.49


      12' ALMOND HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular Almond Handset Cord

      12' Almond Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7N   Price: $2.19


      25' ALMOND HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular Almond Handset Cord

      25' Almond Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7O   Price: $3.98


      6' OFF-WHITE HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular Off White Handset Cord

      6' Off-White Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6F   Price: $1.24


      12' OFF-WHITE HANDSET CORD

      12 foot Modular Off White Handset Cord

      12' Off-White Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6G   Price: $1.79


      25' OFF-WHITE HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular Off White Handset Cord

      25' Off-White Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6H   Price: $2.69


      6' ASH HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular Ash Handset Cord

      6' Ash Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6I   Price: $1.24


      12' ASH HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular Ash Handset Cord

      12' Ash Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6J   Price: $1.79


      25' ASH HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular Ash Handset Cord

      25' Ash Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6K   Price: $2.69


      6' IVORY HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular Ivory Handset Cord

      6' Ivory Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6L   Price: $1.49


      12' IVORY HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular Ivory Handset Cord

      12' Ivory Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6M   Price: $2.19


      25' IVORY HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular Ivory Handset Cord

      25' Ivory Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6N   Price: $3.98


      6' WHITE HANDSET CORD

      6' Modular White Handset Cord

      6' White Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6O   Price: $1.24


      12' WHITE HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular White Handset Cord

      12' White Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6P   Price: $1.79


      25' WHITE HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular White Handset Cord

      25' White Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON6Q   Price: $2.69


      12' CHERRY RED HANDSET CORD

      12' Modular Cherry Red Handset Cord

      12' Cherry Red Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Limited Quantity!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON5M   Price: $1.79


      25' CHERRY RED HANDSET CORD

      25' Modular Cherry Red Handset Cord

      25' Cherry Red Modular Handset Cord



      NOTE: Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Limited Quantity!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON5P   Price: $2.19


      NON-MODULAR (SPADE LUG) TELEPHONE HANDSET CORDS CORDS


      6' BLACK NON-MODULAR (SPADE to SPADE) HANDSET CORD

      6' Spade to Spade Non-Modular Black Handset Cord

      6' Black Non-Modular Spade to Spade Handset Cord



      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON9D   Price: $4.00


      9' ASH NON-MODULAR (SPADE to SPADE) HANDSET CORD

      9' Spade to Spade Non-Modular Ash Handset Cord

      9' Ash Non-Modular Spade to Spade Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7S   Price: $5.99


      15' ASH NON-MODULAR (SPADE to SPADE) HANDSET CORD

      15' Spade to Spade Non-Modular Ash Handset Cord

      15' Ash Non-Modular Spade to Spade Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON7T   Price: $7.99


      6' IVORY NON-MODULAR (SPADE to SPADE) HANDSET CORD

      6' Spade to Spade Non-Modular Ivory Handset Cord

      6' Ivory Non-Modular Spade to Spade Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON9A   Price: $4.00


      15' IVORY NON-MODULAR (SPADE to SPADE) HANDSET CORD

      15' Spade to Spade Non-Modular Ivory Handset Cord

      15' Ivory Non-Modular Spade to Spade Handset Cord



      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON9B   Price: $5.99


      6' RED NON-MODULAR (SPADE to SPADE) HANDSET CORD

      6' Spade to Spade Non-Modular Red Handset Cord

      6' Red Non-Modular Spade to Spade Handset Cord



      NOTE: Color may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON9G   Price: $4.00


      6' BLACK NON-MODULAR (SPADE to SPADE) HANDSET CORD - 6 Conductor

      6' Spade to Spade 6 Conductor Non-Modular Black Handset Cord

      6' Black 6 Conductor Non-Modular Spade to Spade Handset Cord



      This is a 6 Conductor Handset Cord (Coiled) for Special Applications!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: KIT2A   Price: $5.50


      6' ASH NON-MODULAR (SPADE to SPADE) HANDSET CORD - 6 Conductor

      6' Spade to Spade 6 Conductor Non-Modular Ash Handset Cord

      6' Ash 6 Conductor Non-Modular Spade to Spade Handset Cord



      This is a 6 Conductor Handset Cord (Coiled) for Special Applications!

      NOTE: Industry Standard Colors may not be accurate on any particular monitor.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: KIT2C   Price: $5.50


      15' BLACK SPADE to MODULAR HANDSET CORD - 6 Conductor

      15' Spade to Modular 6 Conductor Black Handset Cord







      15' Black 6 Conductor Spade to Modular Handset Cord









      This is a 6 Conductor Handset Cord (Coiled) that is modular on one end, and hard-wire (spade lugs) on the other end, for Special Applications!

      The 6 Conductor Modular Plug on one end is often used on Trading Turrets for Push to Talk and Push to Mute operation (Push to Operate).

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: MON8A   Price: $9.95


      7 FOOT STRAIGHT MODULAR HANDSET CORD

      7 Foot Straight Handset Cord7 Foot Straight Handset Cord

      7 Foot Straight Handset Cord (not coiled).

      Specially made with handset sized (smaller) modular plugs, to plug into the smaller handset sized jack. This is technically called a 4P4C plug, with the jack sometimes referred to as an RJ-9 or RJ-22.

      Put the spare pair from a station cable on our Handset Biscuit Jack, and send the audio to a central Voice Logger from our Handset Recording Adapter to that jack on the wall, using this Straight Handset Cord.

      This cord is wired Standard (Reversed).

      Using a cord with the smaller plugs prevents the phone from being plugged into the special jack for the Voice Logger, by mistake.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: CHM5C   Price: $1.89    |||    10+ Price:   $1.79


      14 FOOT STRAIGHT MODULAR HANDSET CORD

      7 Foot Straight Handset Cord14 Foot Straight Handset Cord

      14 Foot Straight Handset Cord (not coiled).

      Same as above, but 14 feet.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: CHM5D   Price: $2.49    |||    10+ Price:   $2.39


      RETROFIT MODULAR PLUG - 4 Conductor

      Modular Retrofit Plug

      Make
      ANYTHING
      Modular!

      • Four screw terminals for Red, Green, Yellow and Black wires.
      • Works in most modular jacks (it's a little large).
      • Cover protects screw terminals, with an opening for the wire.
      Keep some in your truck!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER2Q   Price: $3.89    |||    3+ Price:   $3.69


      MODULAR REVERSING CORD

      Modular Reversing Cord - Reverses the Polarity of both Pairs 1 and 2

      Modular Reversing Cord... Reverses the Polarity of Pairs 1 & 2

      Don't want to remove the jack and swap the pairs, or can't do it in the phone room? Just stick the Modular Reversing Cord in-series with the polarity sensitive device, and you're done.

      Other versions that reverse other pairs, including 8 pin plugs and jacks, are available. Just tell us what you need!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER3O   Price: $4.29


      World's Best Modular 6-8 Pin Crimp Tool - Ratcheting

       

      Ratcheting Crimp Tool Doesn't Release Until Crimp is Complete

       

      Does 6 Pin (RJ-11 Type 2-4-6) & 8 Pin (RJ-45 Type) Mod Plugs

       

       

      We've tried all the others and this is the only one we can depend on!

      Heavy duty metal construction with comfortable hand grips.

      The secret is the floating crimper pins which are designed to ALWAYS stay parallel  to the pins in the plug! Most crimpers start crimping on an angle at one side of the plug - causing the pins to sometimes get cocked.

      We put a lot of modular plugs on all kinds of solid wire and flat custom cables in our production department.

      We are so confident in these crimp tools that we've made our own Heavy Duty Crimpers using these tools to reduce hand strain for our production workers (we use three of them in our shop).

      We remove the hand grips and drill and tap one of the handles on the tool to mount it to the custom arbor press.

      We replace the actual Crimp Tool, which is the same one we stock and you can buy here, about once a year. They do eventually just plain wear out!

      (Sorry, we don't sell these Heavy Duty Crimpers)

      I used to use an expensive AMP crimper that uses expensive replaceable dies which ONLY work with AMP brand plugs (which are hard to find). If someone crimped a regular mod plug (not AMP brand) in the tool, the pins on the soft pot metal die would get bent over and the die would be destroyed.

      After throwing away my AMP crimp tool with the replaceable dies I've never had a problem with mod plugs! This is the most dependable crimper you can buy, and does 6 position plugs (2,4 or 6 pins) and  8 position plugs (does not do handset plugs - see our Handset Crimper below).

      Suitable for flat silver satin cord and solid wire cable. Includes cutter and stripper for flat wire.

      Part Number: TLS1P   Price: $32.95


      World's Best Handset and 2-4-6 Pin Modular Crimp Tool - Ratcheting

       

      Ratcheting Crimp Tool Doesn't Release Until Crimp is Complete
       

      Does 6 Pin (RJ-11 Type 2-4-6) & Handset (RJ22, RJ10, or RJ9 Type) Mod Plugs


      Heavy duty metal construction with comfortable hand grips.

      The secret is the floating crimper pins which are designed to ALWAYS stay parallel  to the pins in the plug! Most crimpers start crimping on an angle at one side of the plug - causing the pins to sometimes get cocked.

      This is like the regular 6 & 8 Crimper (above), but does Handset plugs and regular 2-4-6 Pin plugs - not  8 pin plugs. Suitable for flat silver satin type cord and solid wire. Includes cutter and stripper for flat wire.

      Part Number: TOO5P   Price: $34.95


      Modular Plugs for Flat and Round Wire

      On most plugs for Solid Wire, the bottom half of the rectangle where you insert the cable is rounded - like a half moon (not all manufacturers do this, but the ones we carry do). Never use a modular plug with a rectangular entrance on solid wire, since it's only make for stranded or tinsel wire.

       


      Solid Wire Plugs
      are made to work on the round solid copper wires that are used insides the walls, and they also work on Stranded/Flat Wire.

      It's often faster to crimp a modular plug plug onto the end of the cable that's going to plug into the equipment, rather than put up a jack and use a flat cord to connect to the equipment.

      Stranded Wire Plugs are used on flat handset and base cords, which have tinsel or stranded wire. Tinsel wire is a bunch of copper clad ribbons, which is quite flexible compared to stranded or solid copper wire.

      Stranded Wire Plugs won't work on solid wire because the points on the pins just put dimples into the tops of the solid copper wire. The pins work their way up and give you an intermittent connection almost immediately. They don't cut into the sides of the wire like plugs made for solid wire do.

      Solid Wire Plugs dig into the sizes of copper wire, making a gas tight connection. A gas tight connection means that air can't get between the wire and the metal used for the IDC (Insulation Displacement Connection) terminal, causing oxidation and an eventual intermittent connection.

      You will really be sorry if you use flat type stranded plugs on solid copper wire!

      They cause hard to find intermittent problems that will cost you more in service calls than you made on the job in the first place... to say nothing of the really upset customer.

      If you put the wrong plugs on the cable, the only fix is to go back and crimp the correct plugs on the cable!
       

      Click HERE to see a Cable Pinout Chart to see where the wires go for each type of plug.



      MODULAR HANDSET PLUGS

       

       

      Modular Handset Cord Plugs are ONLY for Stranded Wire!

       

      Sometimes called an RJ22, RJ10, or RJ9 Plug

      Never crimp a handset plug on solid copper wire! It will be intermittent almost immediately!

      Bag of 100

      Part Number: XMT1R   Price: $7.95


      4 CONDUCTOR SOLID & STRANDED MODULAR PLUGS

       

       

      4 Conductor Modular Plug for Solid & Stranded Wire



      Called a 6P4C Plug

      Bag of 100

      Part Number: XMT9S   Price: $10.00


      4 CONDUCTOR STRANDED ONLY MODULAR PLUGS

       

       

      4 Conductor Modular Plug for Stranded Wire ONLY



      Called a 6P4C Plug

      Never crimp this Stranded Only plug on solid copper wire! It will be intermittent almost immediately!

      This plug is fine to use on flat telephone base or handset cord, but unless you are doing a lot of them it's better to use the Solid & Stranded Plug (above) so you don't mix them up and make a mistake!

      Bag of 100

      Part Number: XMT3N   Price: $6.50


      6 CONDUCTOR SOLID & STRANDED MODULAR PLUGS

       

       

      6 Conductor Modular Plug for Solid & Stranded Wire



      Called a 6P6C Plug

      Bag of 100

      Part Number: XMT1T   Price: $11.50


      8 CONDUCTOR CAT5 RATED SOLID & STRANDED MODULAR PLUGS
       


      8 Conductor CAT5 Rated Modular Plug for Solid & Stranded Wire




      Called a 8P8C or RJ45 Plug

      Works fine for CAT3.

      Bag of 100

      Part Number: XMT1E   Price: $14.95


      BLUE UNIVERSAL 2-4-6-8 PIN MODULAR PLUG

      Blue Universal Modular 2-4-6-8 Modular Plug
      Blue Universal

      2-4-6-8 Pin Modular Plug


      An 8 Pin Mod Plug that slides into any Modular Jack - 2, 4, 6 or 8 Pins!

      Use any regular 8 Pin Modular Crimping Tool.

      Works with both Solid and Stranded wire (flat and round).

      Part Number: TOO5O   Price: $0.71


      6 CONDUCTOR K-PLUG

      Non-Snag K-PlugNon-Snag K-Plug for Stranded Wire


      This is the Plug to use with any Telephone Line Tester!

      Non-Snag K-Plug in Tester

      Non-Snag Clip on the Modular K-Plug is long enough to push with a pair of gloves on, and it won't break off!

      Because it's longer than a standard Modular Plug, it's much easier to use with Testers that you need to plug-in and out all the time.

      Use with stranded flat type wire, not solid copper wire.


      Part Number: TLS1D   Price: $3.19    |||    100+ Price:   $2.99


      SWITCHBOARD LAMPS

      Switchboard and Beehive Replacement Lamps
      Replacement lamps for Switchboards and Beehive Lamp Assemblies




      12VDC 130ma Lamp

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      Part Number: WAL6S   Price: $4.49    |||   10+ Price:   $3.99


      90V Neon Lamp with Resistor

      This lamp is neat, because it will light when the line is ringing if the voltage is over about 80VAC.

      It will also light on 85 to 140VDC for PBX Message Waiting. When used for Message Waiting, the lamp also lights (flickers) when the line is ringing.

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: WAL6T   Price: $4.79    |||   10+ Price:   $4.29


      2012A 7 VAC DIAL LIGHT TRANSFORMER

      View 12V Power Cube7 VAC • With 5' Cord

      You need to terminate the wires from the Power Cube - It doesn't have screw terminals

      This is not the original type Power Cube.

      Used on old Lighted Dial Phones (newer lighted dial phones are line powered).

      Not for use on Orator or Speakerphones, which use 15-18VAC.

      Limited Quantity!

      Comes with sandman.com 30 Day Moneyback Guarantee

      Part Number: SER7T   Price: $15.95


      Low Voltage Mounting Plates and Template / Levels

      Single Gang Plastic Low Voltage Flush Mount Wall PlateDouble Gang Plastic Low Voltage Flush Mount Wall PlateLow Voltage Mounting Plate Template with Tape Measure

      Click here to see them!


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