Western Electric Co., est. 1869

Western Electric 500 Series

Museum Artifact: Western Electric Model 500 Phone, 1960

Made By: Western Electric Co., Hawthorne Works, 22nd St. and Cicero Ave, Cicero, IL

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3 thoughts on “Western Electric Co., est. 1869

  1. My father and his father both worked for WE. As such we have quite a collection of various WE ‘memorabilia’: antique wooden wall phone. 1937 black Bakelite desk phone, pictures of various WE sites, etc. I’d love to donate all to an interested party. Can you advise? Thank you

  2. Hello,

    I’ve found two items in my grandparents basement. They appear to be crank powered telephones in cast iron cases. They are very industrial and may have been used as an intercom system in a manufacturing plant.

    I’d me more than happy to send pictures in order to help identify exactly what these items are and if that have any value or significance to anyone.


  3. I had purchased a Western Electric rotary dial white phone, it can be wall mounted, in 1986, a vintage model. It worked well and still do though I do not use a land line. It is very reliable and is heavy.

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