WE "Compact Wall" or "Slimphone"
This model was used in Field Trials in about 1960 (just after the
introduction of the Princess sets in 1959), but was never produced in
volume. Curiously, Western never aggressively marketed a small
format rotary wall phone. They continued selling the larger 554.
Miniwall rotary sets were sold actively by Stromberg Carlson (later
Comdial) and others.
Photos are from a set that was auctioned in 2004.
Click here to go to the
Development Timeline entry for this set.
For much more background on this set and its history, see the article:
"Slimphone" -- the Wall Princess?"
in TCI's Singing
Wires, February 2017, p. 1
(Available online to TCI Members in the Members Area.)
||This phone has a substantial metal backplate and a heavy cast
The dial appears to be like the production Princess #8 dial, but is
Handset is a standard G3.
Note the vents at the bottom for the ringer sound.
||The switchhook projects through a rectangular hole between
the cradle ears. (Similar in concept to the 1554 TouchTone set
that came out in 1963.)
There appears to be an access cover below and to the left of the dial
to remove the dial light bulb for replacement. It's
non-functional in this set. The cover must be removed to change
||Here's a detail of the switchhook.
||Inside view with the cover and cradle removed.
I've also seen the interesting square gong ringer, which became the
G1-type ringer. It was used in telephone sets where space was at a
premium and on several pay phones.
|F-53397 B 5-60
|Yes, there was also a F-53397
A set. This one is dated 3-60.
It has an experimental sounder, instead of a ringer.
||Here's an even scarcer wood
model of the phone from John LaRue's collection in the JKL Museum.
(Photo courtesy of Wayne Merit.)
|Compact Wall Phone in an
early 1960s Bell System brochure featuring some of the products in
(Scan from David Massey.)