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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #255 on: December 01, 2012, 12:55:38 PM »
Unfortunately I no longer own the phone, and when I dug through my photo file I couldn't find any of the faceplate. Sorry about that.

I did stumble upon this old ad, however. Undated but I seem to recall it was from a 1950s magazine.


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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #256 on: December 01, 2012, 01:12:09 PM »
Here's an ALL-TIME great "Phone-Lamp Atrocity"!

No Mickey Mouse Phones in that picture Ray! Snoopy & Woodstock YES, but no Mickey Mouse.

Are the AE's Jonnathan's? Are they anything to do with the lot out of the railcar that you posted for find of the month awhile ago?

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #257 on: December 01, 2012, 01:57:34 PM »
Bohnsack was BECO the buttset people

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #258 on: December 01, 2012, 10:34:38 PM »
Here's an ALL-TIME great "Phone-Lamp Atrocity"!

No Mickey Mouse Phones in that picture Ray! Snoopy & Woodstock YES, but no Mickey Mouse.

Are the AE's Jonnathan's? Are they anything to do with the lot out of the railcar that you posted for find of the month awhile ago?

Terry
Yep; they're the first 2 that I got restored from the find in the railcar. Working on the rest, but they are in worse shape.
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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #259 on: December 02, 2012, 01:48:37 AM »
Well send me the left over "garbage" once you're done! My colored AE's are all basket cases except the two "Ray-K's" in my colection!

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #260 on: December 03, 2012, 01:14:53 AM »
leave it up[ to these "pop art" people.... they'll wreck anything in the name of "art"   yeh, right.......
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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #261 on: December 03, 2012, 01:31:55 AM »
I found this treasure at a local antique store a few years ago. For once, the maker mounted the lamp by using a bracket behind the phone and didn't drill through the top. Aside from two screw holes mounting the base of the phone to the wooden lamp base, and the usual polishing off the nickel, the phone was left intact.

Best of all, it was cheap.

Not as good as yours, but I managed to snag a totally reversible lamp conversion candlestick lamp from Goodwill: http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=6919.0.
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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #262 on: December 04, 2012, 02:18:54 AM »
Obviously, this phone was modified for the deaf so it could be used, by pressing the buttons, to send conversations in Morse Code.  :-\

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #263 on: December 06, 2012, 11:56:41 PM »
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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #264 on: December 07, 2012, 12:34:09 AM »
Good points.  Well and bravely stated.

Do I agree?  I'm not sure yet, but it got me thinking.

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #265 on: December 07, 2012, 01:10:35 AM »
using a working vintage rotary phone to dissect and turn into s lamp is just wrong, and takes more of what we're looking for off the market...  :(

I've had that same thought for a while now. It would make sense to separate out the lamp phones from all of the other hideous phones into their own page. I'd bet there are a lot more out there because more and more are surfacing and most of them without bulbs, harps or shades meaning they haven't been used as a lamp in quite some time, but finders see they bring money on eBay.

DONE!

I just  split all of the "Lamp Phone" posts out of the "Hideous Phones" thread and merged them into Brinybay's "Lamp Phone Atrocities" thread.

Terry
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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #266 on: December 07, 2012, 01:16:22 AM »
Frankly, I find nothing offensive about turning phones into lamps, or into whatever for that matter.

Some of you are probably tired of hearing my opinion on Lamp Phones but here goes again.

While it is upsetting to see a telephone butchered into a lamp we have to remember this one thing. In all liklihood the phone would not still be with us if someone hadn't turned it into a lamp which is what saved it from the scrap metal furnaces. So we need to be happy that it is still here with us and see what we can do to restore it.

I too kind of like some of the lamp phones and have four of them that come to mind at the moment. None are phones that I converted to lamps but rather I bought or acquired them already converted into lamps. None of them are rare hard to get phones either. I have 2 AE 40's, an AE 50 and an AE 1A that are lamps.

Terry
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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #267 on: December 07, 2012, 11:18:18 AM »
I agree with Terry on his theory that the phones would be long gone if not turned into lamps.  I would like to share two stories:

Story 1:
Here is my theory.  I once had a book written for "handymen" in the 50's on how to turn "outdated useless" furniture into "modern and updated" furniture.  It showed a man dismantling and basically destroying BEAUTIFUL art deco furniture and creating "50's modern" furniture out of it.  At the time to see this beautiful furniture destroyed broke my heart.  I bet somewhere out there someone wrote a similar book for telephones and that is why we see what we see now.  These phones were considered garbage at the time and would be gone had they not been "preserved" by "handymen".

Story 2:

I met a man about 10 years ago selling telephones when I started collecting on a more serious level.  He told me when he was younger he was responsible for cleaning out old warehouses.  One of his customers had a factory that had about 500-750 302's that needed to be removed.  Again these were considered garbage at the time.  He told me he personally sold them in bulk to a construction company and they used them as landfill and cemented them in building foundations.  Tell me that doesn't break your heart.   "yesterdays garbage"  Moral of the story:  save your modular 2500's as they may be tomorrows 302's.

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #268 on: December 07, 2012, 11:50:12 AM »
Many of the Lamp phones or at least the idea for them originated with Junior Achievement programs operated by some Telco's. Youngsters were given some business training by doing projects such as turning the Telco's old retired telephones into things like Lamps and then selling them to the public to gain business experience.

I have seen articles and pictures about this but I am not sure where now. Maybe someone has something they can add about this.

I think that Old Phones and Phone Lamps were used as retirement gifts for Telco Employees.

Terry

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Re: Lamp Phone Atrocities!
« Reply #269 on: December 07, 2012, 02:35:23 PM »
Many of the Lamp phones or at least the idea for them originated with Junior Achievement programs operated by some Telco's. Youngsters were given some business training by doing projects such as turning the Telco's old retired telephones into things like Lamps and then selling them to the public to gain business experience.

I have seen articles and pictures about this but I am not sure where now. Maybe someone has something they can add about this.

I think that Old Phones and Phone Lamps were used as retirement gifts for Telco Employees.

Terry

Terry, I am not sure if the kids in Junior Achievement originated the idea but I think they were enterprising enough to popularize it. I was able to find that as far back as 1955 they were making “telephone lamps.” The article below shows Junior Achievement making them in 57. In the 80’s they, JA, did the same thing with old fire extinguishers. I also found an example, from 1972, were the telephone lamps were given out to retirees of the phone system. See below.
Prior to this idea of making old obsolete phones into lamps (the 1950’s) a “telephone lamp” was a small lamp placed on the small telephone table that most American homes had. I have included an ad for these, from 1935, in the pdf file below with several other items for telephone lamps. Contrarian to the thinking here, and judging by the number of examples found in this discussion,  I would say that telephone lamps are a whole collecting field unto themselves.
Dave, who still needs a Transmitter Bracket for the Automatic Electric Type 38 Handset.