Telephone: Vintage 1978 Stromberg-carlson Slenderet Harvest Gold Rotary Dial
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Telephone: Vintage 1978 Stromberg-carlson Slenderet Harvest Gold Rotary Dial:
Desk Style Telephone - Harvest Gold
Manufactured in 1978 - Fits Regular RJ-11 Modular Jack
I bought this telephone after I graduated from high school in 1979 as I was working a night job and needed a phone separate from the family phone in the kitchen. This was the perfect phone for me... small and LOUD. I stopped using it when our area went from rotary service to touch-tone. It has been in storage for many years. Now my home service is supported by wireless, and this type of phone can't be used with the "box".The phone has weathered being in storage pretty well. I removed the cords, cleaned everything up, and re-connected the cords. I was able to test the phone on system as far as answering goes... phone rings, and can answer. Phone also gets a dial tone. Unfortunately, I could not test dialing as my system will not support rotary dialing.The handset cord has faded over the years and is not as dark as the rest of the phone. Unfortunately, this handset cord has the LARGE older type connections and is not the type that you can go to Radio Shack and get a replacement.The line cord has the regular RJ-11 connection on the end that plugs into the phone jack, but the LARGE older type connection on the side that plugs into the bottom of the phone. So again, you cannot get a replacement for this cord at the store. The clip is missing from the end of the RJ-11 plug. This is the clip you have to press when you want to remove the cord from the jack... it keeps the cord from being pulled out of the jack when someone yanks on the cord. It still works... it just will come out of the jack if you yank on the cord hard enough. The RJ-11 plug can be replaced with a new RJ-11 plug if you have the replacement plug and the crimping tool to do it. I used to have the tool and the plugs, but I have no idea where they are.There is a square patch of dried glue on the top of the base unit... a remnant from an "emergency sticker" that was placed there several decades ago. The sticker has since come off, but the remnants of the glue remains... which makes a square patch appear darker than the rest of the phone. The glue could probably be scraped off, but it would have to be done so very carefully to keep from scratching the plastic... so I left it alone. You can see it in the photos.The dial of the phone used to light up with the aid of an electrical transformer that plugged into an electrical wall socket... with wires running into the phone jack. While I do have that transformer around here somewhere, I am not including it because I don't think it would be compatible with modern telephone jacks and wiring... especially in a 4-wire system... the electrical current running through the phone jack would probably fry any other phones on the line as well as fry the junction box outside. Best not to even try it.Overall, this is a nice phone. If you've got a phone system that supports this type of phone (most wired landline systems will), it will make a great "retro" look on the end table!