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Re: Wiring Two Lines on One Jack
Sat, 12 Mar 2005 09:30:11 EST

In a message dated Fri, 11 Mar 2005 21:34:59 -0500, Marcus Didius Falco
<> writes:

> Many years ago the standard was somewhat different, and the yellow
> wire was sometimes used as a ground. Then, for a time, I think the
> yellow wire was used to power the lights on princess phones. Almost
> certainly the yellow wire is either dead or shorted to one of the
> other wires. Check this with a volt meter.

The yellow wire was indeed used for ground, required for the generally
used type of party-line ringing, and also for calling party
identification when DDD came along.

Two wires were required, as for all electrical circuits, for the
lights on Princess and Trimline phones. They were normally on
yellow-black. Usually a wall war was used, but there were also
separate plug-in transformers with binding post terminals that could
be put in an inconspicuous location and multipled (normally on the
yellow-black) to several Princess or Trimline phones.

Later examples of Trimline phones got the power for the lights from
the phone pairs (another task for the C.O. battery).

Wes Leatherock

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