Identifying Popular Western Electric Telephones in One Step

Stephen P. Morse, San Francisco




CANDLESTICK PHONES
Model/Years 20 series / 40 series 50 series / 51 series / 151 series
20 B
1904-1912

20 AL
1912-1917

40 AL
1917-1925

50 AL
1919-1925

51 AL
1925-1931

151 AL
1931-1941


STANDARD DESK AND WALL PHONES
Model/Years E1 Handset F1 Handset G1 Handset   Wall Phone Model/Years
A1
1925-1927
         
B1, (a.k.a. 102**)
1927 to 1930
       
D1 (a.k.a. 202**)
1930 to 1937
       
"Space Saver"

1st column
C1 (a.k.a. 101/201*)
1930 to 1937

2nd & 3rd columns
G1 (a.k.a. 211)
1930s to 1970s
  653
1910-1946
302
1937 to 1958
    354
1947-1956
5302
(hybrid of 302+500)
1955 to mid 1960s
       
500
1949-1984
      554
1956-1984
1500
(10 buttons)
1963-1967
      1554
1964-1967
2500
(12 buttons)
1968-1984
      2554
1967-1984
* 101 and 201 denote sidetone and anti-sidetone respectively in C1 phone.
** 102 and 202 denote sidetone and anti-sidetone respectively in either B1 or D1 phone, but 102 was often used synonymously with B1 and 202 with D1


PRINCESS AND TRIMLINE PHONES
Model/Years Rotary 10 Button Touchtone 12 Button Touchtone   Wall Phone Model/Years
701 no bell, 702 bell
1959

1701
1963

2702
1968
     
220 AC
1965

1220
1966

2220
1968
  220 AD
1965


© Stephen P. Morse, 2014