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Princess Telephone Types

Rotary and Touch Tone

701, 702, 1702, 2702, 2703 and variations

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Princess, WE701, ringer, miniature sets  
WE701B, Keychains in original 5 colors, E1C external ringer,  Mini "sample" set 
WE 1702B pink
WE 2702BM Aqua


ON THIS PAGE:     Rotary     TouchTone 10-button     TouchTone 12-button    Base Pads
701    702    1702    2702    2703


RELATED PAGES ON THIS SITE:    Colors     Handsets    Table Key    Development Timeline   Touch_Tone_Development    WE 500-Series   WE 1500-Series   WE 2500-Series



Princess sets were announced in 1959 in five colors and evolved into the models shown here over the years.  They were made by Western Electric until divestiture in 1984, then by AT&T.
Numerous similar designs by competitors demonstrate the popularity of the design.

This page is intended to be a quick summary of the Princess models produced and major functions.
Western catalogs and technical documentation only show the models that were in production or service at the publication date.  To understand the full scope of models produced we must compile data from many years of documents.

Each model had suffix letters that defined variations.
Details can be found in the Bell System technical documentation (e.g. BSPs - Bell System Practices).


W
Without Bell System markings
G
Polarity Guard
M
Modular set
CS 
Customer-owned (including internal components),  e.g. CS2702BMG.
Note that many Princess CS sets deleted the night light feature.  Buttons were white, not translucent and there was no hole in the bottom for the bulb holder.
 
More details on set coding are found on the 500-series page.  Many also apply to Princess sets.


Most info in the chart is from manufacturer catalogs and ads plus discussions on the ATCA and TCI listservs.  No claim is made regarding accuracy or completeness.

If you're enjoying looking at this level of detail and haven't joined one of the phone clubs yet, see the links page.

If you're identifying a phone, you still need to check the internal components as many phones were refurbed and had internal components changed or removed.  If done in a Bell System refurb facility, the code on the bottom was usually repainted or remarked.  Many independent shops or field mods were not remarked with the accurate model number.

WE 1702 and 1712 "Imperial" sets
1702 and 1712 "Imperial" sets with metallic gold bases.
 
For color information, see: Phones in color!

This page is a work in progress.  Please send comments, additions and corrections.

Last update: 8 July 2013.


 
ROTARY PRINCESS SETS
Model
Major Functions
(all are desk sets.)
BSP


701B

WE 701 cord notch



Early single line model with dial light/night light but no internal ringer. 
Available starting in 1959.  Replaced by the 702B in 1963.

Optional lead weight added to improve dialing (D-179924) in April, 1962.

C38.670
502-701-100
502-710-100
502-710-200
502-710-300
502-710-400

701D
WE 701D Message Waiting light

Early single line model with dial light/night light and message waiting lamp but no internal ringer. 
Replaced by the 702D in 1963.

Optional lead weight added to improve dialing (D-179924) in April, 1962.

C38.670
502-701-103
502-710-100
502-710-200
502-710-300
502-710-401


702B

WE702 cord exit

Single line model with dial light/night light and internal ringer.

The 702's case is a bit higher than the 701's due to the ringer, so there's no notch for the handset cord.

Available starting in 1963.

C38.670
502-701-100
502-710-100
502-710-200
502-710-300
502-710-403
502-710-405
502-721-402

702D
WE 702D Message Waiting light

Single line with flush-mounted neon message waiting lamp.

C38.670
502-710-100
502-710-200
502-710-300
502-727-402


711B
WE 711B line and signaling switches on front

2-line with slide switch line selection, signaling, extension set exclusion, no hold.  No internal ringer.


Used with 1A home interphone, 2A farm interphone, 3A speakerphone or 1A1/1A2 KTS.

C38.670
502-701-103
502-710-100
502-710-200
502-710-300
502-710-410


712B

712 Turnkey

2-line with turn switch line selection and signaling and hold (raise the left plunger).  No internal ringer. Used with 2A farm interphone, 3A speakerphone or 1A1/1A2 KTS.  (See 1712B turnkey below.)


The hold feature can be wired to work on either line (not both) or the left plunger can be used to activate an exclusion switch.  See the BSPs for wiring options.

502-701-101
502-710-100
502-710-200
502-710-300
502-710-415

712BC
712 Turnkey
With turn switch key for Secretarial service and signaling. No internal ringer.

  See WE Secretarial Sets
502-701-101
(Issue 1, Fig 4)


713B

712 Turnkey

2-line with turn switch line selection and signaling and hold (raise the left plunger). No internal ringer.
Available starting in 1966.

501-701-103
502-710-101
502-715-413
502-727-404





WE 1702B pink
TOUCH TONE PRINCESS SETS: 10-BUTTON

Model
Major Functions
(all are desk sets.)
BSP

1702B
WE 1702B clear cord detail

Single line model with dial light/night light and internal ringer.
Available starting in 1963.


10-button dials were discontinued 2/68.

502-702-100
502-702-101
502-722-401

512-620-471

1702D

Single line with flush-mounted neon message waiting lamp.

502-702-103
502-728-401

1712B

WE 1712 turnswitch

2-line with turn switch line selection and signaling and hold (raise the left plunger).  No internal ringer.  Used with 1A home interphone, 2A farm interphone, 3A speakerphone or 1A1/1A2 KTS.


The hold feature can be wired to work on either line (not both) or the left plunger can be used to activate an exclusion switch.  See the BSPs for wiring options.

502-725-401

512-510-426
512-515-418
1712BC
WE 1712 turnswitch
With turn switch key for Secretarial exclusion and signaling. No internal ringer.

  See WE Secretarial Sets
 502-702-101
(Issue 1 Fig 9)

1713B

WE 1713 turnswitch

2-line with turn switch line selection and signaling and hold (raise the left plunger).  No internal ringer.
Available starting in 1966.

502-702-103
502-728-402




WE 2702BM aqua
TOUCH TONE PRINCESS SETS: 12-BUTTON

Model
Major Functions
(all are desk sets.)
BSP

2702B

WE 2702B hardwired detail
2702BM

WE CS2701BM detail

Single line model with dial light/night light and internal ringer.
Available starting in 1968.


Similar to 1502-type sets above with the added * and # dial keys.

2702B - hardwired handset and line cords.

2702BM - modular handset and line cords.

Modular wiring was phased in starting in 1972.  Many earlier sets were converted to modular when refurbished after that date.


Late production CS- prefix models had non-illuminated dials (opaque white keys) and no light bulbs (White set at left is a model CS2702DMG.)

502-703-100
502-723-401

512-620-471
512-740-405

2702D
2702DM
WE CS2702DMG - Message Waiting
CS2702DMG - Opaque Dial

Single line with flush-mounted neon message waiting lamp.

502-703-103
502-729-401

2703BMG
WE 2703 Signature Princess
AT&T Signature Princess.  Electronic set with receiver volume control on front, selectable dial pulse or TouchTone, and electronic ringer with three volume settings.  Components are mounted on a gray plastic base

Handset elements are not compatible with earlier G-series handsets.

Available from AT&T (after divestiture) starting in 1993.  Marked "Assembled in the U.S.A. with U.S.A., Chinese and Korean components."
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2712B
2712BM

WE 2713 turnkey

2-line with turn switch line selection and signaling and hold (raise the left plunger).  No internal ringer.  Used with 2A farm interphone, 3A speakerphone or 1A1/1A2 KTS.


The hold feature can be wired to work on either line (not both) or the left plunger can be used to activate an exclusion switch.  See the BSPs for wiring options.

502-703-101
502-726-401

512-510-446
512-515-428

2712BC
WE 2713 turnkey
With turn switch key for Secretarial exclusion and signaling.  No internal ringer.

  See WE Secretarial Sets
702-703-101
(Issue 2, Table C)

2713B

WE 2713 turnkey

2-line with turn switch line selection and signaling and hold (raise the left plunger).  No internal ringer.

502-703-103
502-729-402

2714B
WE 2713 turnkey
2-line with turn switch line selection and signaling and hold (raise the left plunger).  No internal ringer.

"Intended solely for two-line use in 1A2 Key Telephone Systems and 3B Speakerphone Systems which have been specially engineered. Not for general telephone use."

Components include: 35E4A dial, G3YW handset, D14L cord, KS-19387L1 lamp and KS-19240L2 socket, 638B key, 4010D network, Polarity guard and surge protector, "and other component apparatus"
529-227-107
529-227-414


1970 Telephone Apparatus and Equipment Catalog, page 593.



PRINCESS Base Pads

Several styles of pads were used to help minimize slipping during the Princess set's lifetime.

Date ranges shown below are from sets observed by collectors, so may be inaccurate or incomplete.
Please send additions and corrections.

Like other set components, pads were often replaced during refurb.
Therefore, the pad style may be later than the original date on the phone.

Some phones have been found with a second pad applied -- resulting in a two-layer pad.
The two pads may be of different styles.

Background and more details may be found in the TCI journal, Singing Wires, January 2013.
Princess Pad 1959
1959 - January 1960

Crosshatched pattern with border around edge, which goes around the lamp holder.

Some pads dated 12/59 and 1/60 also have a hole to the right of the model number reserve, as on the pad below.

Pad type 1

February 1960 - December 1960
 
The edge border is gone and no longer goes around the lamp holder.
Pad type 2 - 701
December 1959 - December 1962

Note: overlaps the previous designs by one year.

The words "Bell System" and  "The Princess Phone" were changed from being printed in ink to stamped into the metal in May, 1960. "The Princess Phone" did not appear on the phones until November 1959.
Pad type 2 - 702
January 1963 - July 1976

Variation on the above design to accommodate the M1 ringer adjustment and flat bottom of the 702-series sets.  Note the fewer dots around the edge.

Other minor variations exist with slightly different cutouts to match features of specific sets such as the 711, 712 and 713.


Pad type 3
October 1976 - 77136 (136th day of 1977)

Larger cutout for model info and stickers.
Pad type 4
77131 - 79100 (100th day of 1979)

Even larger cutout for model info and stickers.
Pad 4b - Cork
79086 - 80074

Variation on the above design.  Material changed to cork.
Pad type 5 - P1 Ringer
81042  and later

Layout changed to accommodate the P1 ringer's adjustment.
Pad type 5 - CS sets
The same cork design was used for the CS sets, which did not have a dial light.
Bottom type 6 - 2703 sets
The later AT&T 2703 Signature Princess had a plastic base with 4 small feet.



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