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#193944 - 04/30/10 11:49 AM Old call system
poorboy Offline

Registered: 06/02/05
Posts: 128
Loc: Central Maine
Looked at a job today in a house built in 1857. This system

Which looks like this up close

is activated in each bedroom and the library by a button like this

The wiring in the basement has some old labels on it...looks like it was written in fountain pen

New owner would like this antique to work. I'll keep you posted on what I find

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#193951 - 04/30/10 08:52 PM Re: Old call system [Re: poorboy]
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6791
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Just cause I'm curious...what's with the spray paint?

BTW, nice call system.

#193955 - 05/01/10 01:35 AM Re: Old call system [Re: HotLine1]
Tesla Offline

Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 1280
Loc: Sacramento, CA
What's with the Clockwork-Orange paint scheme?

And I've never seen the compass point information scheme.

Was this some sort of butler call center?

It looks so 'My Fair Lady.'

Is this from a classic gentlemen's club?

Edited by Tesla (05/01/10 01:37 AM)

#193960 - 05/01/10 10:11 AM Re: Old call system [Re: Tesla]
NORCAL Offline

Registered: 09/25/02
Posts: 805
Was the house hit by "taggers", better described as vandals? mad

#194294 - 05/21/10 11:58 PM Re: Old call system [Re: NORCAL]
derek_anthony Offline
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Registered: 05/20/10
Posts: 5
Loc: portland ,oregon
i like that system too

#196261 - 09/22/10 10:36 AM Re: Old call system [Re: derek_anthony]
crselectric Offline

Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 134
Loc: albany, ca
I came across a old "couch telephones" system, in Oaklands lake merritt area, that had a system from each room like this one call and door release buttons still work, ten unit bldg had individual twisted pair run to unit above garage, under slab, so the garage I'm sure was used as the butlers quarters, must have been a hotel or a inn....

#196265 - 09/22/10 11:48 AM Re: Old call system [Re: crselectric]
mikesh Offline

Registered: 06/07/06
Posts: 614
Loc: Victoria, BC, Canada
Rats the pictures don't show up. Darn security settings.


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