Monday, April 22, 2013

vintage rotary phones

 Vintage 1960s Blue Rotary Phone

I know it is sort of odd that I collect them...but I really like old rotary telephones! (Like from the 1960's).   My parents bought me a Pottery Barn reproduction black wall mount rotary phone for my birthday one year.  Unfortunately it broke, so I was thrilled to find this one at a yard sale to replace it with...


And this one that I put next to my bed...


I found a cream colored desk rotary at a rummage sale recently for $1.00.  It was pretty dirty, and I had to scrub it down.  But, I couldn't pass it up for the price.  I even considered spray painting it turquoise, but then decided that would be pretty tough to do with the numbers!  It's great when they are functional, but they can be fun to decorate with also.  As I sat on my kitchen floor scrubbing the cord of that cream one, I thought, "Am I crazy?"  Well,  maybe a little!


  1. Last week my 12 year brought up the subject of rotary phones. He wanted to know how they worked. I laughed and then proceeded to explain dialing a rotary phone and if you didn't dial until your finger hit the guard, you would get the wrong number. He was amazed! I just felt old- ha,ha.

    1. That is so funny, Ellen... A friend recently told me a similar story! I still remember my first phone number, and dialing it on rotary phones when I was a little girl... Guess I'm old too! :)

  2. Fun post! I remember cleaning the cord of our white phone at my house when I was a kid! I would love to have a turquoise phone now! My 16 year old son would love it-and be fascinated too! Ha!

  3. You will have to refresh my memory for that first phone # sometime.
    Fun post,lots of memories


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