Wednesday, August 15, 2007


I'm going through a bit of a vintage phone phase. I just picked up this early 1950s Western Electric 500 model.

I stumbled upon a local guy that restores phones and sells them at pretty reasonable prices. Can't pass that up, right?

I guess two vintage phones now makes a collection.

I still have my eye out for an early 1960's pastel pink phone. It's a girl thing.


Josh @ Bungalow '23 said...

Nice! That's the telephone archetype right there. Classic.

Did you happen to see if your phone guy had anything wall-mounted in a similar style (black bakelite/plastic with a chunky handset)? I've got an empty phone jack in the kitchen to fill.

Cranky Grandma said...

Ahh, Mall of St. Paul. Right?! :)

StuccoHouse said...

Josh - Cranky Grandma beat me to the punch......take a look at the selection at the Mall of St. Paul - Selby & Fairview. I love those old wall phones.

Ellen said...

I'm in the market for one of the old black wall phones, too. I think it will look great with my red walls, white cabinets, and (future) black countertop.

I've been meaning to check out the Mall of St. Paul one of these days. Now I have another reason!

The Litter Box House said...

We have the same phone! But we don't have a land line anymore (with cell phones, why bother), so it's just a confusing display for some people...

A few years ago, we used to have a land line. An 8 year old neighbor girl came over and wanted to use the phone. We pointed to the old phone and she said "That isn't a phone." We said "it works" and she pushed at the numbers vs turning the dial. I couldn't help but laugh at her attempt, but I also felt a little sick that I'm so old that this kid didn't even know how to use that phone!

Cranky Grandma said...

Here's some good news...the 50s guy from Mall of St. Paul is taking over Swank on University Ave. Can't wait to see what he does with the space!

Also, Hunt and Gather on Xerxes has a good phone here and there.

Josh @ Bungalow '23 said...

Excellent! I haven't been to the MoSP much since I stopped working in the Midway, but I'll have to check it out. Good tip about Hunt & Gather, too.

StuccoHouse said...

Litter Box - That is an adorable story about the little girl. I will confess right now that I grew up in a house with that phone (well a bit later model). My parents still have it as their primary phone. They originally rented it from Ma Bell. Beige.

The Twin Cities folks - I love discovering someone local that is working on vintage stuff. I swear if I ever could find someone that restores the mechanicals of old stoves, I could keep them busy for years with referrals. If I was the least mechanically inclined, I'd take it up as a new profession.

Hunt & Gather also has tables & tables of old flash cards which are cute and I think would be oh-so-fun framed in a little kid's bedroom.

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