Old-Time Telephones That Made History


Telephones has been an important means of communication that has been around for a long time, even before you might have been born. Taken the rotary dial phones, for example. They are now a thing of the past and have been replaced by more fascinating, handy and easy-to-use artifacts. We bet kids today will find these kinds of telephone strange or even funny. They would never hear that particular quaint sound that only comes from old telephones.

From the ancient rotary dial phones to the now high-tech smartphones that can do almost just about anything, phones have really served its purpose – communication. Let’s walk down memory lane and look back on some telephones in the past. And, mind you, they were not just ordinary phones for they have served prominent people. Wow, that’s equal to the value of any iPhone we have right now of even more!

The Golden Telephone

Yet Another Golden Telephone

Given to the Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1957 by the ITT Corporation, an American telephone company, it stood as symbol of a relationship between the U.S. Government and Cuban Government and as an expression of gratitude for the “excessive telephone rate increase” that Batista granted. Batista’s Golden Telephone appeared in the “Godfather Part II” movie, which gave its “power connection” a bad reputation. The Golden Telephone now resides at Havanas Museum of the Revolution.

The Sultan’s Phone

Here is another VIP phone from the 1930s. Recycled and repurposed by the Film Biz Recycling from “the vast amount of reusable commercial materials” used in movie productions in New York. This highly ornamental Sultan phone, then, could be hailed as a movie star.




Classic 1930s Telephones

On the left is an Art Deco designed styled by Ericsson in 1934. On the right is the regal beehive telephone. Both have internal ringers (which were a rarity at the time) and is decorated with the brushed steel or brass inserts.

Crosley 1930s Wall Phone

This wooden phone could be hanged on the wall. It features a 1920s style crank handle (which actually turns) and features brushed bronze plates.


Non-Dial Phones

This sinister-looking model 700 phone from the 1930s has also been known with its nickname “ashtray” because of its bakelite pitch-black body. It was manufactured by the Kellogg Company of Chicago.




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