(another) Re: [rescue] Telephone rescue!

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Tue Apr 20 00:08:37 CDT 2004

Dave McGuire declared on Sunday 18 April 2004 09:35 pm:
> On Apr 18, 2004, at 8:01 PM, Bill Bradford wrote:
> >> Actually, it may be pre-WWII, it has a metal base.  I thought you
> >> were talking
> >> about the rest of the phone.  the S-9-45 stamped inside may or may
> >> not be a
> >> date.
> >
> > On closer look, its got the thermoplastic base plate, but the body
> > of the
> > phone is bakelite and the F1 handset is as well.  Looks just like
> > this:
> >
> > http://www.atcaonline.com/phone/we302.html
>    Oh *WOW*...that is really cool!  You need to take some pics of
> yours when you get it all cleaned up.

On the topic of telephone rescues... I managed to just make one of my own 
today, what a coincidence!

My friend passed up what looked like a normal tape recorder, with a 
wooden case.  I decided to take a closer look.... it turns out to be a 
Crown Telephone Valet, model CTA-4400U.   There seems to be next to 
nothing about these findable via google.  The one thing I did find was 
this (the picture matches what mine looks like):


Does anyone know how old this thing is?  Or, exactly how rare?  I know 
this isn't the best place to ask, but I'd bet someone on here would 

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