Fabulous Phones – Blasts from the Past! (Go ahead, call your mother)
Chuck Palahniuk once said: "People used what they called a telephone because they hated being close together and they were scared of being alone". Nowadays the same sentiment could be applied to Facebook and other social websites (in a tongue-in-cheek manner, of course). However, if you are going to make a call from a home line (those of you who still have it), you might as well do it in style:
(Ericofon telephones from Ericsson, 1961 - images via)
Some of these vintage cool-looking phones are perfectly styled to call your grandmother... It is not the intention of this article to cover every single unusual or interesting antique telephone available to view online, but hopefully you’ll enjoy taking a look at a few of these wonderful retro examples here at Dark Roasted Blend.
We'll start with a Timeless classic: Black 332 Bakelite Telephone from the 1950s England... First introduced in the UK in 1932, the 332 Bakelite telephone remained in production until 1959 (gaining in popularity after the advent of "Matrix" movies):
This is the classic British Bakelite Telephone, the first of their kind to be used in the UK. These 200 series telephones were mostly made in the 1940s, however the GPO, the suppliers of all phones in the UK back in those days, supplied them between 1929 and 1957. Most telephones were black, but could you could occasionally get ivory ones, although red and green versions were very rare.
The most popular British Bakelite telephones were the 300 series, the first UK Bakelite phones with an internal bell. This colour was very rarely seen, however:
These days, we often get offered free cell phones in exchange for signing up for contracts. Back in 1983 the first ever handheld mobile phone was introduced and the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X was priced at an incredible $3,995. Amazing how far technology has advanced and how much cheaper mobile phones are now in comparison:
This 1938 model became renowned as the Lucy Phone after it was used extensively on the TV show ‘I Love Lucy’ (right image). The one on the left (used in the forties, fifties and sixties) was commonly referred to as an exterior use telephone:
And the, of course, there are sheep sculptures made out of rotary phones... Why? Well, no one should really ask this question when it concerns art. These are Jean-Luc Cornec’s Sheep Sculptures from the Museum of Telecommunication in Frankfurt:
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