Vintage Bell Western Electric Rotary Dial Orange Butt Set Line Tester

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Retro items such as phones, radios, clocks and cameras are a great find if they are bright or unusual colors like this old Bell Western Electric phone line tester!

• Found At: Antique Store in Florida

• Purchased For: $20 +tax

• Value: Sold for $45 (November, 2013)

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A Little History Lesson: In 1920, Alice Heacock Seidel was the first of Western Electric’s female employees to be given permission to stay on after she had married. This set a precedent in the company, which up until that time had not allowed married women in their employ. Miss Heacock had worked for Western Electric for sixteen years before her marriage, and at the time was the highest-paid secretary in the company. (Source:

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