Models Prior to the 500 Series
Sewing Machine -
Automatic Answering Service
"Mirrophone" wire ribbon recorder/player
- Bell Chime
We have sketchy documentation on the older phones that
were produced by Western Electric prior to 1950. This page will expand in
the coming months but for now this is what I have. Schematics and other
technical information from the Bell System Practices (hereafter referred to as "BSP")are
available here and some photos in the future.
There are also some schematics for these older phones on the
ATCA (Antique Telephone Collectors Association) website at
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The "Hybrid" Model - the
Western Electric 5302
The model 5302 is a rare breed due to the limited numbers
that were made. It is a cross between the 302 and the newer 500 model that
replaced the 302. Western Electric apparently had a lot of parts on hand
to make more 302 models when the 500 model was ready for production, so instead
of scrapping the parts they made a modified housing that looked more like the
500 set than the 302 and used the 302 parts inside. Both the F and G type
handsets were used on the 5302.
Obtained is a copy of an internal New Jersey Bell plant
letter dated April 11, 1958 with guidelines on when to use a 300 series set or
the 5300 series set. Click
HERE to read the
Here are some photos of the 5302 that David Massey owns:
Model Number on Bottom
Large Photos of the Inside:
Base (Chassis) -
Top Cover with Dial and Switchook
Here is the Bell System Practices section on the 302 and
Model 302 and
5302 - PDF file of section C38.551.
Western Electric 302
Quoting from the original manual, "The
No. 302 Type Telephone Sets are the new combined sets and represent the latest development
of the Western Electric Company in telephone station equipment. The telephone set mounting
consists of a housing and a base on which is mounted the induction coil, condenser, ringer
and other apparatus so that the telephone set mounting and hand set form the complete
To view schematics, click
on phone model below:
Here are some photos of the inside wiring of the model 302 which you
can view by clicking on the following links:
302 Base Wiring
302 Induction Coil
(Transformer) screw terminal identification
302 Line Cord
The following were contributed by
The following GIF and PDF files were
created from hard-copy drawings contributed by ATCA member Bobby Koch:
The following were contributed by "Jake" R. L. Jacobsen
FALL 2005 - School for our two youngest
children began the second week of August at a new school for them since we
are moving to a new school district. My wife and I took the kids to
their first day of school at Ford
Elementary and to my surprise I saw a Western Electric model 317 wood
phone hanging on the wall near the school's office! It was missing the
receiver cord and the mouth piece. I came back a few days later with
my camera and took some photos. Here is one photo:
This model phone is
described on the ATCA
website as follows: "Catalogs in 1909 show a new version of the No. 317.
The external terminals were removed along with the need for a cathedral top.
Along with eliminating the exposed electric terminals on the top of the
phone, Western Electric eliminated the exposed wires on the receiver as
well. The door hinges were moved from right to left.. The phone's dimensions
remained the same."
I asked the principal of the school how they came across
this phone and was told it was part of an estate sale of the Ford family that
the school was named after and the PTA bought the phone at the estate sale.
Eric Korenman sent me these photos of a
phone he sold on ebay. It is the Western Electric A1 model:
Click on above thumbnail images
to view full-size
||These are scans from "Hawkins
Electrical Guide" published in 1917!
I have the complete
set (10 volumes) from my grandfather. These books cover almost every imaginable topic on
electricity including electrotheraputics, motors, elevators and other "modern"
devices of that era eighty years ago!