The Western Electric 302 replaced the model
202 in the late 1930's, and became the first
Western Electric to feature an internal
ringer and voice network. It began with a
die cast metal housing and then with the
advent of World War II in the early 1940's,
it was made of thermoset plastic.
This telephone is all original with the
exception of the handset and line cords.
These cords have been replaced with a brown,
cloth covered cord made especially for
telephone restorations. These cords are a
perfect match to the original Western
Also the worn out original leather pads had
to be replaced. I used a genuine suede
leather that looks just like the original
and is ready for another 50 years.