The J-36 Bug Census Project
Update: Dec 10, 2014 - Best wishes for a Happy New Year in 2015! I continue to receive your pictures and J-36 info. Thanks to all who have contributed, and continue to contribute to this project. I hope to add more historical information on the J-36, and I've written to ask permission from authors to reprint it here. I would also like to include a photo gallery of all your great J-36 pictures, and hope to get that done here in the coming months. Yes, this web page is SO 1998... and I'm behind on the census table. But rest assured that the data is saved, and as time permits, I'll re-code the page to look more like something out of the 21st centruy -HI. Thanks again, 73 es zut, pass the word, and stay tuned... Rich, N8UX
This page has been created to gather information on existing Signal Corp J-36 bug type telegraph keys, in order to calculate estimated production numbers of the various manufacturers and orders.
It is assumed that Lionel J-36 bugs have an order number of 7861-Phila-43 and a date of
1942, but please double check to make sure your Lionel has this order number.
It is also assumed that Bunnells have the order number of 6001-Phila-43 and a date of 8-4-42, but again, please verify this on your Bunnells.
Your particular bug may not have all of this information on it. Most Lionels no longer have their
original nameplates, or reproductions have been applied in their place. If so, please state that
it is indeed a repro plate. There are some Vibroplex transitional variants that have no stamped numbers - please
let me know if that is the case. The author is aware of the various order numbers, and dates that
correspond to them. But please include all the information so as to maintain the accuracy of this
census. Basically, the more descriptive you are, the better.
Put all of this information in an email, along with .JPG photos, if possible, and send to this email address:
I will then place all data in a master database. I'll periodically post the breakdown of manufacturers, order numbers, and highest serial numbers found here at this web site.
|Manufacturer||Contract Number & Plate Date||Highest reported serial #||Total|
|Brooklyn Metal Stamping||3773-NY-30 (6-10-30)||4||4|
|Buzza||(Work in Progress)||1||1|
|The Vibroplex Co, Inc.||11210-NY-36 (?)||14|
|J.H. Bunnell & Co.||6001-PHILA-43 (8-4-42)||5515||5515|
|The Lionel Corp.||7861-PHILA-43 (1942)||28548||28548|
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