RARE MODEL 50A 3 slot payphone . Circa 1912 The Holy Grail of Payphones
One is on display at THE SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM IN WASHINGTON, D.C. Very few exist
THE 50A payphone was made by a joint venture of THE GRAY TELEPHONE PAYSTATION COMPANY and the WESTERN ELECTRIC COMPANY beginning in 1912. Very few of these models are known to exist which have the original cast iron top (THOSE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN CUT FOR A DIAL), Original 50A cast iron upper housing , backboard and the extremely rare cast iron lower housing.
Many hours of work and dollars$$ have been spent to restore this payphone to its original glory.
The model 50A is the rarest and most sought after 3 slot payphone. When you deposit a nickel you will hear one ding.. Deposit a dime and hear 2 dings.. Deposit a quarter and hear the gong sound.
The unique features to the early 50A payphone (and found on this item) ARE : The nickle plated special receiver hook which is cast with the correct number P-111523, WESTERN ELECTRIC model 122 PONY receiver stamped WESTERN ELECTRIC with no chips or cracks but some wear on receiver cap, WESTERN ELECTRIC nickle plated star 329 transmitter and nickle plated transmitter mount. Original heavy duty payphone mouthpiece which has brass threads . And patent date info (RARE), The upper housing lock is a 10E.
Original black wood terminal strip with white lettering . WESTERN ELECTRIC double coil relay , There is a bronze plate above the coin vault door. The coin vault door is a flat steel door The vault door has a CORBIN 11A and inside the vault is a model 2A COIN BOX.
The coin gauge is cast bronze and original. And the instruction card cover is glass. All wiring is old, original Paytation wiring and exact color coded which MATCH THE 50A WIRING DIAGRAM INSTALLED on the back plate . The wiring harness LACING is the correct PAYSTATION lacing . This cast iron back board has no bosses . It is the first and earliest version of the backboard .
Comes with both the upper lock key and vault door key . THERE MAYBE SOME VERY SMALL IMPERFECTIONS but the overall finish IS EXCELLENT FOR A PAYSTATION THAT IS MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD.THERE are some small pitting IN THE CAST IRON ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDE of the upper housing.
MAYBE YOUR LAST CHANCE TO OWN A PIECE OF TELEPHONE HISTORY.