Antique Telephone Guy

Modern technology is great. VOIP, SIP, Skype and all that good stuff are changing the world. But I still love stuff made of brass, steel, wood and leather. Bakelite? Well it takes me back to childhood, so I'll include some of that, but under slight duress.
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psychotronicvortex:

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Geekosystem has details of an intriguing steampunk-style cellphone mod where artist/engineer Adam Ben-Dror gutted an old candlestick-style phone and added modern technology to make it work as a wireless phone.

There’s a certain allure to the physicality of older phones. There’s something to be said for the feeling of tugging on that old fashioned rotary dial, and on top of having that draw, candlestick phones are just awesome in a dignified “I am wearing a monocle” sort of way. Apparently Adam Ben-Dror agrees, because he took it upon himself to bring the candlestick phone into the digital age by giving it an organ transplant.

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murtazi:

Respect ! first steps of skype ^^ 

Back in days of yore, when Skype was just a twinkle in the eye of the great great nordic grandfather, the R&D labs were busy working on their very first prototype. What a find it was for someone to dig up this antique IP telephone, and share it with the the world. I expect in those days it would have been just IP4, but no doubt someone could hack it to be IPv6 compatible.

murtazi:

Respect ! first steps of skype ^^ 

Back in days of yore, when Skype was just a twinkle in the eye of the great great nordic grandfather, the R&D labs were busy working on their very first prototype. What a find it was for someone to dig up this antique IP telephone, and share it with the the world. I expect in those days it would have been just IP4, but no doubt someone could hack it to be IPv6 compatible.

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Nice. OK it doesn’t technically count as an antique, but what a beautiful two tone 60’s style feature for any hallway. Is it authentic. I can’t be sure. Its very well finished, scratchless and includes the traditional Dial 999 centre piece which isn’t really hard to fake. The finger stop on the dialler is metal rather than plastic which I’d expect a fake to go for.

Nice. OK it doesn’t technically count as an antique, but what a beautiful two tone 60’s style feature for any hallway. Is it authentic. I can’t be sure. Its very well finished, scratchless and includes the traditional Dial 999 centre piece which isn’t really hard to fake. The finger stop on the dialler is metal rather than plastic which I’d expect a fake to go for.

samorabee:

Day #22 - Lonely phone

I actually have a black and white pic of this from post-Hurricane Ivan so I knew it was a good subject for this challenge. It is, hands down, one of the favouritest pieces of the things that my husband and I own. 

It took me a little while to realise this wasn’t an antique telephone, but a reading lamp, but what a fine item of functional design this is. Was it ever a telephone? I suspect not, as all the proportions seem to be inappropriate, but its a very good masquerader, certainly as a photograph if not perhaps in real life. What would be fun would be to do the trick in reverse, and engineer the lamp to actually work as a telephone, with the dialler on the base, or for some real steam punk, you could bluetooth enable it, and have it controlled by your iphone as an external handset, or USB enable it for plugging into a PC. Maybe that’s just a bit silly. So for now its just an antique telephone desk lamp.

Wouldn’t you just love one of these in your hall way, instead of the omnipresent panasonic cordless that everyone else has. Well maybe that’s just me, as we seem tohave dozens of panasonics in our place, but what a classic and beautiful design this antique telephone is. OK, we’re talking bakelite, again instead of wood and brass, but it evokes the same quality of design. Sturdy, clean lines, elegant and with a standard of finish I’m sure Steve Jobs would have been happy to sign off. In fact, what would an Apple antique telephone have looked like?

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Does this count as an antique telephone?

According to wikipedia an object has to be 100 years old to be considered an antique, so this classic design which takes me back to childhood doesn’t count. It has to make do with being called collectable telephone. Having said that they do state that exceptions are made for cars, which can be antique at 25 years old, so I think the whole thing is arbitrary. And what about vintage? How old do you need to be to count as vintage. Actually, I just thought it would be fun to post an animated GIF to the site, and the odds of finding one of an antique telephone are pretty remote, so I’m taking the artistic judgement of interpreting the rules to my liking.


1940s BELL TELEPHONE COMPANY vintage advertisement illustration by Christian Montone on Flickr.

I’ve seen quite a few unboxing videos for stuff like Nikon lenses and camera bodies, but I thought the concept was something from the internet age. Apparently not.

therotaryshoppe:

Gorgeous, classic, WORKING, Western Electric 202 model WITH WORKING RINGER BOX!

The phone is dated 1937. Its one of the last models that were made before the bells were built into the phone. You used a separate, connected, ringer box. Finding the phone was one thing. Having it include the ringer box was another. This is the whole package!

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I’m sure you could make telephone or two out of the gizmetry going into this experiment.

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