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Hideous Telephones

Started by Stephen Furley, August 04, 2009, 05:42:30 PM

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andre_janew

This has to be what you end up with when you cross a tribble with a phone!  (only Star Trek fans will understand this comment!)

TelePlay

Now, this is something not seen in this topic to date. And it already has one bid. Might be hideous, as a phone to some, a neo-classical to others. What is that saying, one person's trash is anther's treasure, something like that. It does have a 4 prong line cord plug so maybe it's old, older, not quite new, all of the above.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Orange-Rotary-Telephone-Made-In-Japan-/311385853391

AE_Collector

I think there was a discussion about this model in the past. Seems to me that there were A LOT of colors available. Maybe it was in the decorator phones area.

Terry

paul-f

Quote from: TelePlay on June 20, 2015, 05:10:19 PM
Now, this is something not seen in this topic to date. And it already has one bid. Might be hideous, as a phone to some, a neo-classical to others. What is that saying, one person's trash is anther's treasure, something like that. It does have a 4 prong line cord plug so maybe it's old, older, not quite new, all of the above.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Orange-Rotary-Telephone-Made-In-Japan-/311385853391

Obviously, some of us don't consider it a hideous telephone!   ;)

It's well covered here:
   http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=8767.msg94135#msg94135
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andre_janew

Probably not quite as hideous as the WE 500 with the AE Spacemaker swivel dial!

TelePlay

Quote from: paul-f on June 21, 2015, 09:16:40 AM
Obviously, some of us don't consider it a hideous telephone!   ;)

Paul, thanks for the link. Having never "collected" them, had no idea of such a topic existed or even how to search for it.

I agree it's not hideous hideous (cute in an interesting sort of way) but it seems to be ergonomically challenged. How does one dial? Put a finger in a hole and begin to turn only to have the phone fall backward a bit and miss-dial? Or is there a 20 pound lead weight in the phone base to keep it "anchored" to whatever it is sitting on? A push button version, if there even is one, would be even more of a problem that way. Or does one have to hold the phone down or pick it up to dial? Curious minds want to know . . .  ;)

paul-f

The phone weighs about 4 pounds, which is apparently heavy enough to make one-handed dialing possible.

There is also a fold out tab on the bottom, which can be used to provide a bit more stability, if desired.
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andre_janew

#472
Here's a painted phone with a lot of stickers:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271901836310

TelePlay

It's been about two months since the last discovery so it's about time for another, I guess . . .

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Coquette-Black-white-Zebra-brass-rotary-phone-With-Cameo-Rare-Design-/121797792322

This one is attractive, but in a hideous sort of way.

19and41

It's been a dreary day.  I needed a laugh, thanks.
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Daniël Oosterhuis

Classy or kitschy? I find these German Onyx phones to be way over the top. What phone needs a pillar?! And the other one is just a slap of gemstone with phone parts put on it!
Vintage crazy since '98

andre_janew

I've always thought that people who put their phone on a pillar have a high regard for it.  Other than that I have no idea!

Daniël Oosterhuis

Some more downright awful phones.


Crappy plastic skull phone. Even as a Halloween decoration, that would just be too ugly.


This ugly hunk of plastic was designed by Dutch designer Jan des Bouvrie. It was also available in silver and red, and in a DECT format.


Now the third one could have been nice, but either it's a repro, or it's been upgraded to touchtones (there were these round modules with touch tone keys for PTT T65 rotary phones, the keys do look like that). Either way, with those keys sticking out like that, it's just ugly. And it would be kind of uncomfortable to enter in numbers, I'd imagine.
Vintage crazy since '98

TelePlay

Strange "clash of time periods" phone - the convenience of a TT pad but the inconvenience of a two piece stick. I guess $50 with free shipping from India is about right. And, the seller claims it as new but the gold finish on the receiver and perch looks less than new, at least to me, or is it just a reflection in an uneven surface?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-VINTAGE-LOOK-BLACK-BRASS-CANDLESTICK-TELEPHONE-PUSH-BUTTTON-PHONE-/262154662300

andre_janew

I've noticed that they usually use round buttons and put them in a circle and call it a mock rotary phone.   I've always wondered why they did it that way when making replicas of older phones.  I think I now have my answer!