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Unique Retro Telephones

Updated on April 27, 2014

Old Fashioned Telephones

Looking for novelty phones? I have a fun selection here of retro style telephones including wall that are corded. They can add such a fun fashion statement to a room.

I love these and actually used to have a collection of them. Although today's phones are much more streamline and convenient, they don't have the personality that the older ones do.

In addition, I've lost more than one phone when one of my kids used a cordless one until the battery died, put it somewhere and couldn't remember where. With a plug in, this can't happen. I hope you enjoy this assortment.

Star Trek phone image by alexkerhead at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Novelty Phones

ParamountReproduccin de 1892de la torre Eiffel870586000035
ParamountReproduccin de 1892de la torre Eiffel870586000035

This has the look of an old fashioned phone, with the convenience of push button dialing. This replica is of an 1892 phone.

 
Mybelle 109 Lips Telephone
Mybelle 109 Lips Telephone

I find this to be such a cute phone for females. I keep this one in the bedroom on my nightstand.

 
ECVISION Black Color Vintage 1960's STYLE ROTARY Retro old fashioned Rotary Dial Home Telephone
ECVISION Black Color Vintage 1960's STYLE ROTARY Retro old fashioned Rotary Dial Home Telephone

Want a mechanical ring tone with a dial up phone? Then here it is. It's black, which fits with the original rotary phones.

 
Crosley CR64-BK Candlestick Phone with Push Button Technology, Black
Crosley CR64-BK Candlestick Phone with Push Button Technology, Black

Relive memories of the past with this candlestick phone. This classic style is updated with modern technology such as redial.

 
Hamburger Cheeseburger Burger Phone Telephone IN JUNO(Telephone)
Hamburger Cheeseburger Burger Phone Telephone IN JUNO(Telephone)

Know someone who loves hamburgers or cheeseburgers? This would make such a fun gift for that person. It males for a great conversational piece.

 

Novelty Phones on eBay

Look for some good deals here. They have some fun phones.

Credit is given for the first telephone invented to Alexander Graham Bell in 1876.

Star Trek Telephone

Telemania Star Trek USS Enterprise Telephone 1994 Signature Series
Telemania Star Trek USS Enterprise Telephone 1994 Signature Series

I was given this as a gift and I was not disappointed. It has cool lights and sounds. In addition, it has Captain Kirk's, (Wiliam Shatner's,) signature.

 

Pay Phone

Crosley CR56-RE 1950's Payphone with Push Button Technology, Red
Crosley CR56-RE 1950's Payphone with Push Button Technology, Red

This is such a fun phone for the kitchen or family room. What I like about it is that it actually takes coins, so it doubles as a piggy bank as well.

 

Old Fashioned Switchboard

Here's a real short video showing an old fashioned telephone switchboard. There is no sound on this video. Watch how quick these ladies are working.

Unique Phones

Antique Telephone-idyllic style MS-5700A
Antique Telephone-idyllic style MS-5700A

I love the design and antique look of this phone. Although it looks old, it has modern day telephone functions such as caller ID.

 
KNG America 1963 Spilt-Window Corvette Telephone (028524)
KNG America 1963 Spilt-Window Corvette Telephone (028524)

This phone is a replica of a 1963 Corvette. If you're on a budget and looking for a gift for a guy, this could be the perfect present. When people came to my house, my car phone was always a topic of conversation.

 
Elvis Comeback Special Novelty Phone
Elvis Comeback Special Novelty Phone

Elvis is still alive and well and entertaining fans with this cool telephone that has movement and sounds.

 

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Piano Telephone

Elegant Classical Piano Shape New Cord Phone Home Desk Telephone Black
Elegant Classical Piano Shape New Cord Phone Home Desk Telephone Black

I've always been into music, so this phone was a must have for me. It such a classic look to it. I also use it for a great decoration.

 

Classic Phones

Both of these phones have a classic look, but are updated for modern times.

Crosley CR59-PI Princess Phone with Push Button Technology, Pink
Crosley CR59-PI Princess Phone with Push Button Technology, Pink

Do you remember princess phones? When they came out, every girl dreamed of owning one. This one is really cute for girls.

 

Black Dial Up Telephone

Black Dial Up Telephone
Black Dial Up Telephone

There was a time when these were really popular. My grandparents had one of these. Think how much phones have changed since then.

Speaking of phones, in case you're wondering what got me started in collecting them, I had been on a vacation with my parents to France. I found the most beautiful phone and bought it. After that, I just kept buying unique ones until they were all over the house.

Dial up phone image by pelican at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

What is your favorite kind of telephone?

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      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Awesome pictures of retro phones. I love my phone now but I still would like to have at least one of these retro phones.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @katiecolette: I much prefer the push button myself.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @katiecolette: I much prefer the push button myself.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      I like retro phones for decor, but I don't miss the rotary dial - so easy to dial a wrong number, and it used to make my fingers hurt. Great collection of retro phones here.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @SteveKaye: LOL

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      I feel old enough to check myself into a museum when I see "retro" antiques that were once new in my home.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @Socialpro54 LM: That is very sweet of you.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @VspaBotanicals: Thank you so much!

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      what a beautiful collection, I pinned this lens

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Liked. Facebook liked. Tweeted. Goggle+. Pinned. Have a great weekend!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I love the selections here. I actually had a pink princess phone when i was a little girl.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Vintage black wall mount model reminds me of movies made by Hitchcock. Just don't call M!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for letting me know this!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for letting me know this!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a fun collections of phones to look at, I like them and would have a hard time picking just one. I'll have to come back...because I 'like' this. :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      I really like that one, too.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Great collection of retro telephones! There is one I like most that is "Deer wildlife telephone" it is really unique :)