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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #450 on: November 01, 2015, 04:38:04 AM »
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.
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #451 on: November 22, 2015, 09:32:37 AM »
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?

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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #452 on: November 24, 2015, 07:09:55 PM »
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!

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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #453 on: December 18, 2015, 08:36:24 PM »
Apologies if this has turned up before, but this is a sure-fire cure for phoneitis.



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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #454 on: December 18, 2015, 08:44:32 PM »
Well it is painfully obvious that good taste covers the earth.   :)
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #455 on: December 18, 2015, 08:57:37 PM »
What are you supposed to do with that?  Talk into one giant clown foot and listen in the other?   ;D
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #456 on: December 18, 2015, 09:05:51 PM »
I remember seeing another Bozo phone here not too long ago and the feet were abit low for the positioning of the microphone.  :-[
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #457 on: December 19, 2015, 07:52:43 AM »
I remember seeing another Bozo phone here not too long ago and the feet were abit low for the positioning of the microphone.  :-[

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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #458 on: December 19, 2015, 08:51:13 AM »
Now, a nice Bozo laugh would be appropriate here.
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #459 on: December 19, 2015, 12:40:50 PM »
What "Bozo" designed that silly phone! They were probably just "clowning around" in the design studios that day......

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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #460 on: December 19, 2015, 05:31:40 PM »
Seriously, how does one hold this phone when using it? The fattest part of the phone is between the receiver and transmitter, the place one would normally hold a handset. Does one hold it by the legs, which I doubt would be comfortable. Either way, isn't it strange to have the mounting cord sticking up toward the user's mouth when holding the phone for use?

I've never had one, much less seen one - I would guess from that most antique stores do have some standards in place.

Right now they are on eBay ranging in price from $5 to $125 plus shipping. They have recently sold for about $10. An empty box sold for $25 and a phone in original box with documentation sold for $40, not that anyone really care - just added for posterity.
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #461 on: December 27, 2015, 09:10:49 PM »
I've worked out what the trouble with tribbles is. Sometimes they decide to be phones.

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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #462 on: December 28, 2015, 12:24:07 AM »
That one should come with a bottle of claritin.  :D
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #463 on: December 28, 2015, 11:15:22 AM »
Brings back fond memories from my youth.
 
About the time that phone was probably made, the style and color were popular for feminine boudoir attire.
 
Of course, the effect was much more pleasing on a twenty-something female form.
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Re: Hideous Telephones
« Reply #464 on: December 31, 2015, 10:26:10 AM »
I've worked out what the trouble with tribbles is. Sometimes they decide to be phones.

That one did not sell, the same fate as this one I would guess. Fluff plus more . . .

This one, in that line of fuzzy phones, comes with a rug. I've seem a lot of these tribble-type phones but I think this is the first one I've seen with the handset and base covered with fur. It may just be me but I don't think I'd want to use that phone given the prime breeding area for who knows what between calls after even one use. And how many uses would it take to mat that handset fur down to something that would look like 70's shag carpeting in 2016?

At $50, it should come with 2 bottles of Claritin.

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EDIT: I was wrong, there are many such phones with the entire handset covered in fur.
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