Pick up these vintage telephones

Dialling used to be a lot more fun when telephone receivers were creative masterpieces, writes Ros Drinkwater.

16th April, 2011

When did your eye last light up at the sight of a landline telephone?

With mobile phones filling designers’ horizons, it’s a sadly neglected piece of equipment. Things were different back in 1929 when theatrical designer Henry Dreyfuss was hired to come up with something to replace the upright candlestick model. Dreyfuss thought laterally. He combined the receiver and microphone in a single moulded handset that sat in a cradle and so set the template...

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