Old Phones: Vintage and Retro
A Classic Phone is back in style!
Old phones are works of art. They're ornately carved, delicately detailed and each one is unique in it's own way. Because of this, old classic phones are coming back in style.
People want vintage phones, retro phones, classic phones, even old broken phones. They're attracted to the style, the era and most of all, the old fashioned ring.
But old phones are hard to find and can get pretty expensive. Plus, they aren't as advanced as today's phones. That's why I love the phones I'm about to show you. They're replica's of old vintage phones. Made in the same classic style, but with today's technology.
What do you think of old classic phones?
These candlestick phones combine modern technology with vintage charm. Although it looks like an exact replica of an early 20th century phone, it still has all the features of today: volume control, redial, tone/pulse, and a ringer on/off switch.
Country Wall Phones
These classic phones give you a taste of what it felt like to like in the Colonial times. The three can't miss features are the hand crank (that actually works), the little storage drawer and the fact that the whole thing is hand carved. And even though it kept the phones original design, it still has modern features like touch-tone, speaker-phone, hold, redial, and volume control.
Listen to these old telephone's ringing
Also called Grabaphone's, these are replica's of the first one-handed phones made around the turn of the century. These phones combine classic elegance with modern technology by hiding their full technological capabilities throughout the delicate french styling.
The Rise & Fall of Payphones
In 1889 the very first payphone was placed in Hartford, Connecticut. Within 13 years, that number rose to 81,000 and in 1960, there were an incredible 1 million payphones just in the United States. With the growth of the electronic age came a much bigger need to stay connected so by 2000, there were over 2 million payphones in the US.
Unfortunately, the growing popularity of cell phones has made payphones almost obsolete. Today, there are only 700,000 payphones and that number is dropping everyday.
Classic Pay Phones
Made to resemble the classic 50's payphone, this would be a great conversation starter in any rec room. Although it doesn't require money to use, it doubles as a bank.
And behind all the nostalgic looks, it hides all the technology of today.
Is anyone else thinking about Danny Zuko
and Sandy Olson right now?
The History of Cell Phones
The first cellular phone weighed in at 2 pounds and was almost a foot long! And with a price tag of $3995, I can guarantee parents weren't running out buying them for their teenagers! Unlike today's phones, it was built for talking (at least for an hour until the battery went dead).
23 years later (in 1996) cell phone manufacturers changed the way they made cell phones. Instead of focusing on functionality, they started producing lighter, sleeker, more affordable phones. 4 years later smart phones were being produced and within a couple years, cell phones were so cheap, anyone could afford them. Today cell phones are basically mini-computers. They're owned by every age group, from toddlers to the elderly. Learn more
Retro Handsets for Cell Phones
These handsets plug right into your cell phone for a new twist at old style comfort.
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