Other US Phones
This phone is a
Stromberg-Carlson model 1212, commonly called the "fatboy"
I Don't know what
they call this, but It's a Stromberg-Carlson crank phone, and it looks
a lot like a WE 302 set.
This is an early
SC entry into the category of "Phones in the 500 style". In
later years the SC 500 set is distinguishable from the WE version only
by the makers mark on the underside of the handset. Someone asked me "How
is the handset wired" so I made up a web page.
Other US Manufacturers
This is a U.S.
Army Signal Corps phone (TA-241/U) made by the Connecticut Telephone
& Electric Corp. The case of this phone is solid steel, and it's damn
heavy. I'm pretty sure that it's a post war model, but that's just an
assumption. I'm told that a whole bunch of these were surplussed in a
Pentagon renovation in the early 60's, so that seems to jive with the
postwar dating. Anyone
out there got the real poop?
This crank Phone is manufactured by LEICH. It's a pretty unusual configuration. The back of the switchhook is elongated, and the buttons are in the corner, so that the phone can be wall mounted (as shown here) or placed on a desk. As funky as this phone is, there seem to be a lot of them around. They come up fairly regularly on eBay.
This is what is
commonly called the Pyramid Phone. It was made by the North Mfg.
Co of Gallion, Ohio sometime in the '40s. This one was painted gray somewhere
along the line, but it's still pretty cool no?