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North Electric Model 7H6 “Galion” Phone


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One of my latest telephone refurbish projects is this handsome North Electric “Galion” phone.  So called because it was manufactured by the North Electric Company of Galion, Ohio.  Early models of this phone were made with metal housings but were later made of Bakelite.

North Electric "Galion" Phone

Although North Electric (not to be confused with Northern Electric of Canada) did manufacture their own dials, they also released phones with dials from other manufacturers.  This particular telephone was made in 1953 with an Automatic Electric rotary dial.

A.E. Dial With Original Exchange Card

This phone was sent to me by a woman in Washington State.  She had obtained the phone and was excited to get it into shape for every day use.  The phone was not in that bad of condition to begin with but the cords were shot and the ringer did not work.

It was also missing the dial card retainer ring that is located in the center of the finger wheel.  An unusual aspect of this telephone is the dial plate below the metal finger wheel.  Most dials of this vintage have a dial plate made of porcelain.  This particular dial plate was made of aluminum.

If you would like to see some of the steps I went through in refurbishing this phone, just click on the photo link.

Listen to the loud galion-ringer.

4 responses to “North Electric Model 7H6 “Galion” Phone”

Another beautiful job, Dennis. I’ve always loved this phone. The long sloping sides, the canted ears, the unique handset shape, even the vents in the back–the whole unit is a work of art. A fine restoration, and one that will no doubt make the owner very happy for many years to come.

Thank you Bingster for the compliments. I also love the design of this telephone. And the heavy Bakelite makes it seem iron-clad. The light reflects off the lines and curves really giving it a stylish look. I’m surprised they’re not more popular than they seem to be. Thank you for visiting the blog and leaving a comment.

That’s MY phone! Isn’t she gorgeous….thanks to Dennis…..He’s the master…smile…..

Thank you Teresa. It really IS a very nice example of the North “Galion” phone. Thank you for the kind words!!

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