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Offline Stephen Furley

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Hideous Telephones
« on: August 04, 2009, 05:42:30 PM »
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Any nominations?  I've got a few:

The Dali Lobster

http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?workid=2988

Empress Deluxe Push Button Telephone, Padua Table Dial Telephone, Parisienne Table Dial Telephone and Rondo Telephone from this page: http://www.telephonesuk.co.uk/phones_1980on.htm  All supposed to look like old 'phones, but they don't.

GPO Bakelite 'Crocodile' http://tinyurl.com/n62q7d

This one is brand new in box if anybody wants to buy it.  Seems to have less buttons than the similar ones which I've seen in the past.
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Offline gpo706

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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2009, 06:02:27 PM »
Pretty hideous, except the Dali phone, I love the surrealists and think that is probably my ultimate phone!
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2009, 06:09:04 PM »
This ought to be a fun thread.

I guess it's somewhat a matter of personal taste. For example, I really like lobster ;), and I think Dali was making a joke in his usual weird fun way.

And the GPO intercom looks just uncommon enough to seem cool to me. Like the "stretch limo" of phones.

I don't like modern phones that try to look like old phones, and the fancier and more gaudily decorative they get, the more they put me off. I guess I just prefer honest simple designs with just a bit of style and class.

I won't even get into "novelty" phones because then the sky is the limit for potential hideousness.
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Offline bwanna

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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2009, 10:14:38 PM »
ugghhh hate the lobster phone :P   kinda like that"streeetch limo" :D  don't even mention the novelty phones.   >:(
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2009, 11:04:07 PM »
Novelty phones usually win the awards for bad design, along with phones that are trying to look old like the "Rondo" phone on Stephen's page with the "Empress".


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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2009, 12:19:12 AM »
Quote from: bwanna
ugghhh hate the lobster phone

I think I could live with it with butter, garlic and chopped parsley sauce tho. :P

I have a sneaking suspicion that Dali did not intend for his lobster phones to be "liked". Shock value is more like it.  It's surrealism of course...Are we talking on a telephone or speaking into the wrong end of a creepy leggy crustacean with claws by our ears? :o

But then, I prefer Art Deco to Surrealism... ;)
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009, 01:41:55 AM »
My nominations:

1.  Sheep phone

2. Man's innards phone.

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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2009, 02:26:14 AM »
...and of course any good old phone that someone has made into a lamp...
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2009, 09:40:13 PM »
From a current ebay auction...
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2009, 10:20:28 PM »
uuummmm, i think that one is kinda purty  ;)
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2009, 04:41:13 AM »
Girls.  ::)

Here you go, Bwanna:  > Fancy Fone <
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2009, 06:45:34 AM »
thx bingster

i think the silver cover must be VERY valuable, as the phone came from a "wealthy estate"! ;D

you make fun all you want, but i do have the handset cover on one of my princess phones :P
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2009, 07:45:51 AM »
Last week I bought an Ivory 591.  It has one of those handset covers on it.  That will be the first thing that will come off---before the dirt.  I have 5 or 6 of them now.  If anyone wants one or more let me know.....free too!

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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2009, 07:21:15 PM »
Nice find, Dennis.   I should pay more attention--when I see a silver cover on the listings page, I don't even bother opening the auction page for that phone.
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2009, 07:34:01 PM »
Thanks Bingster.  I couldn't pass it up.  It's an ivory, all dates matching including the cords.  

I think I'll make a separate posting to show those that may not have seen a Model 591 the difference.  I'll post a link here afterward.

Link to the posting about the W.E. Model A/B 591

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=1364.new#new
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