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Lamp Phone Atrocities!

Started by Greg G., May 06, 2009, 12:43:09 AM

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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
— Arthur C. Clarke

Jim Stettler

Quote from: TelePlay on May 18, 2017, 12:53:11 PM
Another interesting contraption based on a more interesting phone.

I have one of these. It is missing the watchcase receiver and the stand/lamp kit.
Jim S.
You live, You learn,
You die, you forget it all.


In 25 years of collecting and restoring telephones, this is the first time I've seen this.      Where else - eBay :     The seller calls it a "Litterlamp", and goes on to say "give it to someone special".     Oh right !     Give it to a psychiatrist so the he / she will get the help they so desperately need.    He / she says it's a 1943 Northern.    What a "WASTE" !

Jeff Lamb     


Quote from: Ktownphoneco on May 23, 2017, 01:59:43 PM
What a "WASTE" !

Seller complete description:  "Litterlamps is an attempt to upcycle vintage collectibles, keepsakes, or even that item that was destined for the tip. We turn trash into shabby chic treasure. If you like steam punk these lamps are for you. -- This litterlamp is named "Lights Calling." It is a one of a kind desk lamp made out of a 1943 Northern Electric rotary phone. The rotary still spins and the receiver is still removable. If this WW2 era phone could talk, oh the stories it would tell. The screws holding the original leather feet were replaced with wooden sewing spools from around the same era. They are complete with the original thread which has been secured in place by a plastic weld. The bulb (included) is an LED with candelabra base light (night light). You can replace the bulb with any color you want. The plug and socket are a USA 110 and not intended for any other plug. This is perfect for the dorm or even the upscale office. Make this the one of a kind gift for that special person in your life. -- The last picture is the patent stamp of 1943. -- I build litterlamps from almost anything. If you have a keepsake that you would like to be repurposed and renamed for that special someone, send me a message and we will see what can be done. "

Seller admits drilling out the ringer, adding the lamp and wasting 12 good spools of thread.

One ugly contraction that was a waste of a phone, some thread and a lot time. Needs to install a litterlamp to see the light of his folly.


Almost everything except the socket and chain could be be salvaged, it seems. Would be a major project to turn this barn fresh "lamp-phone" into a fully working candlestick with subset . . .



Magneto crank an interesting touch. If it was cheap I'd buy it for the North transmitter and cup.
Tom Vaughn
La Porte, Indiana
ATCA Past President
ATCA #765
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Internally stripped so without the magneto and ringer the only parts there are the receiver (probably empty, very short cord on it) and the transmitter (could also be empty) cup/face plate, mouthpiece, the gongs with clapper guard, the crank and a few other small parts. All not worth the asking price.

Was that dial (blank now) mount original for added by someone. Can't tell by the inside cut marks. The cut out hole looks quite even and the finish matches.


Quote from: TelePlay on June 11, 2017, 08:58:41 PM
Internally stripped so without the magneto...[snip]

I don't think it ever had a hand generator (magneto), as the primitive switch hook is in the same space that would be needed for the GEN....
"C'est pas une restauration, c'est une rénovation."--François Martin.


Another amazing creation . . .       with issues.

Pictures are worth a gazillion words on this lamp phone.


Looks like the stick was an Autelco (AE) rebuild of a WE stick before it got turned into a lamp


This is not only an act of vandalism but a useless lamp.


My actual face :  :o

It is neither a functional phone or a's like they made it just to laugh at us...


Personally I do not like this kind of thing that does not honor the old phones. It is very far from being pretty .


Do people actually buy this stuff?
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
— Arthur C. Clarke


Quote from: 19and41 on August 12, 2017, 11:45:35 AM
Do people actually buy this stuff?

If there are sellers, I imagine there are buyers..