Saturday, January 24, 2009

Old phone.




Oh man, I miss old phones. I remember the wall phone we had growing up with the rotary dial and specifically remember that groaning noise it made when it would reset between each number.

And like the phone in the picture, I remember a beige-y pink version of it in my mom's room. That's where I'd go when real gossip or boy-talk was to be conducted. The receiver was the perfect size to stick in the crook of my neck while I lay there talking to Jessie Smith wondering if he would want to be my boyfriend.

I got so misty for an old phone recently that in a wine-induced Ebay moment, I ordered one for myself. I'll probably just put it in the bedroom, but instead of calling Jessie Smith, maybe I will just call my man's cell phone downstairs and order him up for a 7th-grade-style make-out session.

From HER Flickr set.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've fallen in love with old phones too. Much better than our cordless that we have to push the buttons with a pen to work.

Joy Zaczyk said...

Just saw a pink one like this at the thrift store yesterday. With great restraint I left it there...
(What was I thinking?...)

Joy

David said...

You're not alone in your love. If we ever have a land line again I'm going to find myself a red Ericophone for the bedroom. And whenever I need to give someone the number I'm calling it old style, EMerson 3, 1196.

Anonymous said...

I miss how they always worked, and lasted for decades, and were a fixture in a room.

I miss how a person didn't have to think about when her contract was due to expire, and when she was had to replace it every year--or more frequently. Back in the day, the phone was "one thing done," but now a person's phone situation must be often revisited.

The mobility of today's phones is great, but I do wish I could hold the phone in the crook of my neck.

Hey, am I dating myself here?

Robin said...

I love old phones and was lucky to have one in my old house. It was so heavy you could kill someone with the handset. Now I have an old turquoise rotary dial in my bedroom, not as deadly but still fun. Hmmm, I may have to do a post about how I acquired it...

Ivy Lane said...

That photo is awesome! I am looking for an old phone for my master bathroom...yep..the master bath...the previous owner did not like seeing a phone in the boudoir..hence the hook up in the bath...I think I'll go with a trim line..cord and all!

Decorina said...

Hey David, I gave away my Ericaphone - it was red, too. Wish I'd known you then; I wanted it to go to a good home. I can get you one here in Denver, but it will run about $100 last I checked. And they are rotary phones after all...

Lolo said...

Another thing was great about those old phones was the satisfying thunk and clang when you hung up on someone in a snit. Kids today, they're missing out.

Little Lantern said...

Texting and emails has completely destroyed the excitement and anticipation of waiting by the phone for that phone call. Waiting by that delectable pink rotary dial phone for him to call...

Anonymous said...

this is exactly why I love ebay: any whim, any nostalgic hankering. Two years ago bought not one but two canary yellow dial phones....ahhhh.
Ever post about people that can't stop at buying one of something they need? Not a collection as that is normally defined, but when someone needs this thing around them, like a phone. I have a client that loved one of my paintings so much, she bought one for downstairs and had me paint a duplicate for upstairs...

Rebecca Ward Design said...

Loving the phone! The color of the one in the picture is great too!

Suzanne said...

I just cannot imagine a day when the cordless atrocities we call phones today would ever elicit such nostalgia. Cell phones are stylish but cordless ones? Pukesville.

Jill said...

Oh, the memories...

mamacita said...

That Flicr Photostream is a great find. (You ignorant slut.)

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Sew Bettie said...

I got a phone in my room for my 13th birthday present -- it was the best thing that ever happened to me. That bed in the photo is AMAZING.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I still have a couple of those extremely heavy black phones from the 1930s, Western Electric, I think. I had them rewired for home use ages ago, and your post made me realize how much I miss their distinctive rings. But now I have only a mobile and no phone jacks!

Jen said...

I love old rotary phones. I have 3 in my house. Here is my tip - remember how LOUD the ringer is for an old phone. If you think it might ring while you are sleeping/napping, you might not want to put it in your bedroom. It could be heart attack inducing!

red.door.read said...

that turquoise phone is beautiful.

Bromeliad said...

I picked up a rotary phone someone was throwing out and plugged it in at work. Loved it until I actually had to call somebody. Was there ever a time in my life when I could wait for a rotary phone to rotate? (1 tika tika 8 tika tika tika tika tika tika tika 0 tika tika tika tika tika tika tika tika 0 tika tika tika tika tika tika tika tika....)

parisapartment said...

It's amazing what one object can convey! And by the by that's a beautiful room!

Kwana said...

We are so on the same page. I'm hating my cordless lately. I have an oldie in a box downstairs that I'm thinking of pulling out. It's not cute though. I may have to order one. Old phones are so on my mind that I posted a pic of my old round one in this meme recently:

http://kwanawrites.blogspot.com/2009/01/six-things.html

birdy said...

Forget the phone . . . I'm too busy drooling over that bed!

Silver Fox said...

Check out www.oldphones.com. I bought a black Western Electric 500 series wall phone. It has a chrome cradle, metal finger wheel which makes that great ratcheting noise when you dial. When you pick up that bakelite receiver you feel like you are in your mother's kitchen! It is wired for the same plug as the el cheapo Costco phones. It is not cheap but it just feels so right!!

It's also fun to screw around with little kids when they ask to use the phone.

Lauren said...

hahahaha yeah those old phones fit perfectly with your ear and neck.. no hands

drollgirl said...

heh heh. very cute. my grandpa used to work for the phone company and he had a red phone. like the one i picture at the white house. i think i need to get a hold of that thing.

Pink Wallpaper said...

i have that phone...got it at a thrift store and i love it when it rings...does take a while to dail a phone number though!

Condo Blues said...

I have my grandmother's old 1950's black bakelite (sp) rotary phone in my living room. since I don't have a landline, it's there for decor. From other the other comments, it's heavy so I guess I could use it as a weapon if someone breaks in the house. cool - double duty decor!

eM said...

I have an old turquoisey wall mounted phone in the kitchen, and i plan on a princess phone soon

the neighbor kids love to come over and "dial the phone"