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#214519 - 12/17/14 09:54 PM Old Devices and Cover Plates
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Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3181
Loc: NY, USA
Posted for Brian:
hi. i have many old switches and outlets that i have acquired over the years. i'd like to find out how old they are....

i've included text for what i know about each item in the photos.

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#214552 - 12/20/14 12:41 PM Re: Old Devices and Cover Plates [Re: Webmaster]
brsele Offline

Registered: 07/29/08
Posts: 88
Loc: Northern Ontario
Smith & Stone had a manufacturing plant located in Georgetown, Ontario. (I don't know if they had any other manufacturing facilities.)
It has to be 25 years since they closed down.
Half of the plant was demolished. The other half was converted to a chocolate factory.

#214571 - 12/21/14 11:31 PM Re: Old Devices and Cover Plates [Re: Webmaster]
crselectric Offline

Registered: 09/24/06
Posts: 134
Loc: albany, ca
those plates look like dark chocolate

#214574 - 12/22/14 11:24 AM Re: Old Devices and Cover Plates [Re: Webmaster]
mbhydro Offline

Registered: 02/21/03
Posts: 344
Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
Most of those switch plates I have seen here in Winnipeg from houses built in the 1950's early 60's.

I know I had at least one of those GEC style switches in my house and it was built in 1950. Not sure if it was original or a replacement put in by a previous owner.

#214576 - 12/22/14 11:42 AM Re: Old Devices and Cover Plates [Re: Webmaster]
gfretwell Offline


Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9063
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
I still had a few fluted switch covers here when I moved in but the first thing I did was replace all of the devices and covers since so many of them were at end of life (receptacles wouldn't hold a plug, a couple switches were flaky)
Those old plates went away too.
This house was built in 1963
Greg Fretwell


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