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Old 31st Dec 2018, 2:38 pm   #1
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Hello from Canada.

Iím new to UK telephones but not new to the hobby. I collect mostly Canadian telephones and Northern Electric/Telecom pieces.
I currently have 2 UK phones and have one on the way. My first UK phone is a Black 1965 GPO 332L. My brother in law sent it to me via my wifeís suitcase when she was visiting her sister in Northern Ireland in 2016. My next UK phone is a 1977 Silver Jubilee Trimphone. I found this one in 2017 at a flea market here in Canada of all places I paid $20.00 CDN for it. I didnít know anything about it, I just liked the looks of it. After doing some research on it, I found out that it was one of a very few made and highly collectable in the UK. My next find is a 1938 Ivory Diakon GPO 332 with a 1936 handset. It should be here this week as the seller has already shipped it to me. The information I got from the fellow I bought it from is it was his father in laws phone. He was put in a home and the daughter cleaned out the family home. He had this phone for over 50 years. He bought it at an antique shop in England. When he moved to Canada he brought it with him. His daughter said she could always remember it being in the family home.
Iím looking forward in receiving this phone and sharing the information I find on this phone.

Doug
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 3:35 pm   #2
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You have some nice phones there.

British domestic telephones from before the 1990s are relatively rare because they remained the property of the GPO and were supplied as part of a customer's subscription. Of course, some 'escaped' and there were some privately owned phones in places like offices and factories, connected to a PBX.

There is a good Wikipedia article on the Trimphone if you haven't already seen it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimphone
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Old 31st Dec 2018, 11:23 pm   #3
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Welcome to the Forum, Doug You'll find lots of interesting people and loads of help here.

A bit chilly in CA at the monent, I believe ... ? -25degC in Regina, SK, so I'm told by relatives ... brr!!

Best wishes for 2019,

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Old 1st Jan 2019, 1:09 am   #4
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You have some nice phones there.

British domestic telephones from before the 1990s are relatively rare because they remained the property of the GPO and were supplied as part of a customer's subscription. Of course, some 'escaped' and there were some privately owned phones in places like offices and factories, connected to a PBX.

There is a good Wikipedia article on the Trimphone if you haven't already seen it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimphone
Thanks Paul,

Yes I have seen that article. I did get a lot of information there. I also got a lot of information from UK collector Andy Grant on the rarity of the Silver Jubilee Trimphone.
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Welcome to the Forum, Doug You'll find lots of interesting people and loads of help here.

A bit chilly in CA at the monent, I believe ... ? -25degC in Regina, SK, so I'm told by relatives ... brr!!
Thanks Guy,

Looking forward to meeting and chatting with fellow collectors.

The weather here, where I live in Ontario. It was around 3c today with rain.

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Old 1st Jan 2019, 2:10 am   #5
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Welcome to the forum!
My next door neighbour is Canadian, I think he comes from Haliburton
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Old 1st Jan 2019, 2:45 am   #6
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My stepson is Canadian/British, my son is British/Canadian, my ex is British/Canadian I'm just plain British. Been to Toronto twice and passed through Montreal airport en route to Florida. Welcome to the forum!
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Old 1st Jan 2019, 3:35 am   #7
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Welcome to the forum!
My next door neighbour is Canadian, I think he comes from Haliburton
Thanks Kevin,

I'm a two hour drive south of Haliburton.


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My stepson is Canadian/British, my son is British/Canadian, my ex is British/Canadian I'm just plain British. Been to Toronto twice and passed through Montreal airport en route to Florida. Welcome to the forum!
Thanks Herald1360,

Toronto is a two hour drive west of me and Montreal is three hours east.

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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 12:34 am   #8
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Welcome! I also have quite a lot of relatives around the Greater Toronto area, including some cousins who run an electronics store. I loved visiting their store! Back in the early '90s they sold large numbers of refurbished Contempra and other Bell Canada telephones, which I'm guessing from your username that you are also interested in.

I also have some vintage telephones, including a 332, a 776 Silver Jubilee compact telephone, several Trimphones (but not one like yours!) and a Bell Canada 2500 desk phone which I bought for $5 from Active Surplus Electronics in Toronto (sadly gone out of business now.)

I even have a British-made Contempra phone in bright orange with miniature rotary dial. Sadly I don't have an original Canadian one. Last time I was in Canada in 2017 I looked for one in thrift shops and flea markets but they all seem to have disappeared. I was really hoping to find a touch-tone one, since they didn't make those in the UK as far as I know. My cousins' shop in Canada must have sold thousands of them, yet now they are nowhere to be seen, presumably all gone to landfill...

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You have some nice phones there.

British domestic telephones from before the 1990s are relatively rare because they remained the property of the GPO and were supplied as part of a customer's subscription. Of course, some 'escaped' and there were some privately owned phones in places like offices and factories, connected to a PBX.
I believe it was similar in Canada, i.e. customers had to rent their telephones from the phone company (Bell) and had to return them afterwards, but were eventually allowed to buy their own phones and keep them. Unlike in the UK, large numbers of ex-rental phones were refurbished and re-sold in shops like my cousin's.
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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 3:44 am   #9
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Welcome! I also have quite a lot of relatives around the Greater Toronto area, including some cousins who run an electronics store. I loved visiting their store! Back in the early '90s they sold large numbers of refurbished Contempra and other Bell Canada telephones, which I'm guessing from your username that you are also interested in.

Thanks for the Welcome hamid_1

Yes the Contempra's are one of my favorites. I do have a lot of other types as well. I do have an orange Contempra made in Ireland and a prototype Contempra speaker phone too. I also have 7 Telephone booths and boothettes in my collection along with many other Bell related items.

Doug
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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 12:52 pm   #10
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What an amazing collection of phones!
Welcome to the forum Doug..
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Old 2nd Jan 2019, 3:51 pm   #11
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Very nice collection. All you need now is a Gilbert Scott phone box, but it might be a bit expensive to post one to Canada
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 4:52 am   #12
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Thought I would update the progress on the Ivory GPO phone. I ordered parts from eBay to repair the phone. They arrived from the UK and I installed them. Handset cord, feet and drawer pull.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 11:49 am   #13
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Now you'll need a gizmo in the line to make it do the proper GPO telephones double ring cadence, unless Canada already does it that way, unlike your southern neighbours.
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 5:17 pm   #14
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Nice result, Doug
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Old 22nd Jan 2019, 11:35 pm   #15
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Hi Doug,

Nice to hear from you. Nothing to do with telephones, but I spent quite a few years (before retirement) servicing Yorkville power amplifiers; Yorkville are based in your hometown of Ontario.

Regards.

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Old 23rd Jan 2019, 10:02 pm   #16
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...they remained the property of the GPO
I hired a Tribune phone from BT for a number of years. When I cancelled the hire I was told that they did not want the phone back, but that I could return it at my own expense I still have it somewhere.

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Old 26th Jan 2019, 12:32 pm   #17
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone.

Feel free to come over to my side of the pond and check where I hang out.

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php

A lot of friendly people there and great information too.

My user name there is Duffy.

Doug

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