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Old Phone

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by Hot Rod Nut, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. My parents phone number was MU-4-2550, or MUrdoch-4... my mother always said MUrder-4... :D

    I just sold this one, brand new in the box. Had it in storage for decades...


    Still got a couple of cool ones (matter of opinion I guess). They might be a bit modern for this thread.

    Motorola DynaTAC 8000M. One of the first cell phones. I think you could call in airstrikes with this thing, it's huge. Still powers up...


    And an Ericsson Ericom 30001. This is the sort of intercom some cigar smoking guy with a wide collar polyester shirt and plaid slacks used to yell into to get his miniskirt-wearing secretary to bring him a scotch...

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  2. quicksilverart46
    Joined: Dec 7, 2016
    Posts: 428


    I have one just like that. They are not old only about 10 years old but are really cool. The company made all kinds of similar pieces . Can still find these on EBay

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  3. Here's a couple modern phones in my yard sale right now.

    Then here's an old one.
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    Joined: Jan 2, 2003
    Posts: 3,622

    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    Dude, if you don't sell that black space saver, shoot me a pm, I'll gladly buy it MIKE
    That would make 192 in my collection!:D:p
  5. Sorry, it got snapped up today.
  6. Helge71
    Joined: Nov 30, 2012
    Posts: 87


    Here is my model W48 phone... Still in use and connected to the land line (had to use a kind of transmitter box between phone and modern digital voip line to make it work properly) DSC_1509.JPG
  7. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,150

    from Ioway

    Parents give their son and his buddy four minutes to successfully place a call on a rotary phone. Spoiler: Nope. (I mean, the backwards ball cap kinda gives it away.)

  8. JerseyHarold
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 275

    from New Jersey

    I taught my kids how to use a dial phone when they were very young. A few years ago, my daughter got a summer job at a museum, and the only communication was by dial phone. The director, an older gent, was completely amazed that my daughter know how to dial the phone. Some old-style skills come in handy!
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  9. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,150

    from Ioway

    Guess they take the "museum" part pretty seriously! She should have demanded her $8 an hour in silver dollars.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2019
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  10. greg32
    Joined: Jun 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,899

    from lemont,IL

    My dad worked for Illinois Bell for 42 years. After WWII into the 80's. He brought home every "new" phone they offered along the way. Back then they gave employees free service(and continued into retirement years). We had all the rotaries, then Trimline, Princess, etc. I still have a few stored away. I'll dig them out and post pic's. I still have a wall mount in the house. When to power goes out and the modern cordless phones die, the old Ma Bell hard wire one works.

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