North H-series Model Numbers
||Desk Set - Standard
||Desk Set - Pushbutton
||Desk Set - Turnkey
||Set with added Hook Switch
Latch (for party line use)
(e.g. 7H64 - Desk Set with latch)
In theory, if the line is free you can then push the button, releasing the plungers and activiating the transmitter and dial. Great for evesdropping without risk of your gasps or guffaws being overheard.
These sets also had frequency sensitive ringers.
This one has a Kellogg dial.
(Sorry for the photo distortion on the close-ups.)
Party line sets also have frequency-tuned ringers. (Click for details.)
The (AE or Telephonics) dials often have patriotic number cards and have a black dust shield under the fingerwheel.
COPIES are usually plain (or have a non-north logo) and
have a small handgrip.
Dials may have a visible external bolt on the fingerstop.
NORTH Metal base deskset with NORTH dial and stainless fingerwheel.
NORTH desksets: Ivory with WE dial and brass fingerwheel
(6H6 SL I 8/47),
White with black handset and North dial and stainless fingerwheel
(7H64 H D 1952),
Ivory with North dial and matching fingerwheel
(7H6 3 SLO IV 9/52).
These were not painted, but cast from colored plastic. The two ivory sets are now different shades due to different exposure to UV and other environmental stresses.
Colors made included black, mahogany, green, ivory, maroon, royal blue, chinese red and rose beige.
I believe the ivory sets were the only ones that have brass-banded handsets.
For more on colors: click here.
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