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five vintage phones that’ll make you wish you still had a landline.

August 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I’ve always been a little bit obsessed with phones — but I come by it honestly, my grandfather and my uncle both worked for Bell Atlantic at one point in their lives (I think my aunt might have even worked as an old-fashioned phone operator, too). Growing up I somehow convinced my parents that it would behoove their own phone usage to invest in a private phone line for me. And they did! And it had call waiting! Over the next several years, I had a multitude of different phones, but none of them were ever as cool as these beauties . . .

Sculptura phone.

Mint green

Vintage 1970s contemporary phone


Cherry red.

Yellow Bell Telephone refurb by FishboneDecor

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Posted by: kimberly phillips · Tags: design · modern objects · out-of-print

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Keyse // Sep 3, 2010 at 2:42 am

    this reminds me of a post i need to finish! beautiful pics – the antique market in cambridge has amazing inexpensive phones

  • 2 ronin // Mar 15, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I still have a landline, but why would I use a vintage phone on my landline? Vintage phones are good to expose in a museum, modern phones are good to use them on a daily basis on the home landline. Anyway the phones showed in this article are hideous maybe except for the green one that looks decent.

    So as I said I still have a landline, I don’t see any good reason for getting rid of it and the more I think about the more a I want to ditch the cellphone.