rustic vintage phone

Vintage phone

There was wonderful period of history in the eighteen nineties through the nineteen fifties where the designs of what we would now call a vintage phone continuously changed and improved over time. Some of the designs were obscure and unusual, others were more utilitarian and useful, but all of them seemed to have a built-in ethos of functional and aesthetic design quality that you simply don't see nowadays, even with one thousand dollar telephones.

Typical vintage phone attributes included a solid, substantial, and heavy Bakelite handset. Bakelite was an early form of plastic that has gained many adherents over time to the point where there are persons who just specialize in Bakelite collectibles. Vintage phone wiring when external was cloth covered in a gentle brown, and internal wiring was easy to see and work on, plus internal wiring schematics were often included inside the case. Modern cellular telephones are not easily reparable and contain no user serviceable parts. Cases were often made of steel with cushioned feet attached to avoid scratching furniture. Unlike modern telephones, these early phones usually used a carbon canister to convert the spoken word into electrical impulses. By comparison a modern telephone often uses a cardoid condenser microphone, which may do an excellent job of transducing sound energy into electrical energy, but fails miserably in the charm factor when compared to a vintage phone.

Our phones have a modern jack to plug the phone into a modern phone jack. However, you'll need to check with your phone provider to see if they can work with rotary phones. If not, we can provide a pulse to tone converter that will allow a vintage phone to interface and operate successfully.