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#600289 04/28/16 08:37 AM
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I apologize for reposting this but I finally got pictures of the AT&T Comkey? sets that I am looking for. The primary set has 1050 stamped on the face plate along with the AT&T logo. The secondary sets have 1020 stamped on the face plate along with the AT&T logo. I know its not the old Comkey system. I think its more like late 80's early 90's early electronic type. I can send pictures upon request. I am looking for one or two secondary sets.
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Upload the pictures to the Photos forum and add the images here in this topic. smile


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I'm not a Comkey expert, by any stretch of the imagination, but those don't look like any Comkey sets I ever saw.

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This was posted by Carl Navarro in the photo's forum, I couldn't figure out how to move it so just copied:

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Oh, I feel the Spirit :-)

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=att+spirit+phone+system

OMG. I see they actually made black! Most of the ones I've see are that funky shade of smoked ivory (cigarette smoked...)

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If the Spirit moves you, PM me before you do any purchasing. The Spirit is in my list of warehouse reduction/elimination items.

EDIT: Upon further review, I see that this is built on a Spirit frame, but it has a display and less buttons than the 24-button set. I can't seem to find a single reference to 1050 or that AT&T ever made it :-)

Maybe it was specific to certain telcos or a one-off experiment that failed?


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Those do look like Spirit phones (except for the presence of the LCDs).


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I recall that system referred to as 'Baby Merlin'.


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The drugstore I worked at in HS had a Spirit system. Anytime the power went out it would default to pulse dialing. The hardware store in the same shopping center had a Merlin 820 with BIS-10 sets. I can still hear that electronic ring.


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Not Comkey that's for sure. Not Spirit either. There was an AT&T system that was neither Merlin or Spirit but around the same time period. I only came across the abandoned KSU once. Could those be the phones for that system?

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Thank You to all of you for responding to my inquiry. I knew it wasn't the traditional Comkey but that's the only place I thought my inquiry would fit, hence the ? after Comkey.
I know these came out post AT&T Divestiture while I worked at US WEST. The Spirit, if this is what these are, was one of AT&T attempts to enter the small customer market back then.
US WEST created a deregulated side and also entered this market by reselling small systems.
These systems were self contained with the, in this case the 1050, as the Primary set with all the "key" control features on board.


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