An ever-increasing number of people are discovering, or rediscovering, old phones. I don’t recall seeing any collectible grow in popularity as fast. Why the interest? I think it’s a combination of things. I’m inclined to believe that the “baby boomers”, that loosely-defined generation that followed WWII, are partly to blame. They (we) remember the rotary phone with an undeniable fondness, in spite of a brief infatuation with the “modern” touch-tone phones. Once the novelty had passed, pushing buttons seemed somehow a less satisfying, less organic process than that of a rotary dial, and electronic beeps were a poor substitute for the traditional clicking and whirring. It seems that many are just now remembering this, and finding that the old phones can still be enjoyed and used on a daily basis. Rotary phones were once an integral part of life, tied directly to countless fond memories. If nostalgia enhances ones memories a vintage phone can serve as their affirmation, as they’re every bit as enjoyable as we remembered. Read the rest of this entry »