Throwback Thursday: Old Telephone

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Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Old Telephone

 

Old telephone

 

I spied this old telephone hanging on the wall at the Roxbury Mountain Maple facility in Roxbury NY a few weeks ago and had to grab a photo. I'm not sure how old it really is (there was no sign), but I'm guessing it might be from the early 1900s. Sure is a contrast to the phones we have today

Comments (33)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, this telephone is so cool!    I saw one similar in an older upscaled home, and should have taken a photo.

May 26, 2016 05:58 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Jeff.  Do you use something different in Carlsbad?

May 26, 2016 06:54 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sheri Sperry - MCNE 

We've definitely come a lon way. I rememebr party lines when I was young. And you only had to dial 4 digits. Dialing? What's that, Dad?

Jeff

May 26, 2016 07:07 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

And they likely won't even know what it is without asking, will they?!

Jeff

May 26, 2016 07:08 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Pat Champion 

That was exactly my thought when I saw it. It pre-dates me, though! LOL

Jeff

May 26, 2016 07:09 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Rob D. Shepherd 

Ha ha. Yeah, I remember those. Never worked as well as I thought it should. LOL

Jeff

May 26, 2016 07:11 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Michael Jacobs  - it was a great photo find!

David Jones  - I don't remember that far back. LOL

Jeff

May 26, 2016 07:12 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Chris Ann Cleland  - it does, doesn't it?

George Souto  - watch it!!!!

Liz Wallace  - and I remember those days as a kid!

Jeff

May 26, 2016 07:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Grant Schneider  - I sure remember that show, but not the phone!

Bob - I am guessing but did some research on Google and it looked like those from that time period.

Jeff

May 26, 2016 10:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jane Peters 

Funny you should say that! We stayed at a B and B a few years ago that had an old phone that worked and it appeared to be an original

Jeff

May 26, 2016 10:58 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Anna Banana Kruchten  

Ah, yes, the wall phones. And then the Princess models. I remember when it was such a big deal to go from a rotary phone to a push button!!

Jeff

May 26, 2016 10:59 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Joan Cox 

No doubt some collector would love to get their hands on one like this.

Jeff

May 26, 2016 11:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Conrad Allen 

Funny guy. You making fun of my phone?

Jeff

May 26, 2016 11:01 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Jeff Dowler CRS ,  I remember wanting to buy one for my wall at home back in the 1970s, but I never did.  I love to see nostalgic places and things and imagine living during that era.

May 26, 2016 11:59 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Way before my time but good Throwback 

May 26, 2016 12:07 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Larry Johnston 

It would certainly be fun to have one on the wall! I imagine finding a real one rather than a reproduction would be a challenge. This one was clearly original

Jeff

May 27, 2016 12:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Mary Yonkers 

Same here. It was fun to see - glad I had my camera with me at the time

Jeff

May 27, 2016 12:16 AM
Alexander- Slocum
Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington - Vancouver, WA
Realty Team- Vancouver WA Real Estate

Hi Jeff, I love to see those old, old phones!  Most folks don't know that it was an Undertaker named Strowger that invented the first successful automatic telephone "switch," subsequently putting these hand-crank-telephones and a lot of Operators out of work!  Happy New Year!  John and Kat

Jan 03, 2017 02:33 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That's an old one alright!  When I was a kid, we had an old restaurant in town that had one of those!  I'm remembering that there was a little crank on the right side of it to make it go!

Mar 15, 2017 04:25 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Alexander- Slocum  A belated Happy New Year to you, John and Kat. I am catching up on old comments I missed. I wasn't aware of that!

Indeed it is Myrl Jeffcoat  - I remember seeing an old crank phone before too, just not sure where. Amzing where we have gotten to today!

Jeff

Mar 15, 2017 07:55 AM