• The Ericofon: When the Telephone Was Mid-Century Mod I like mechanical things. I’ve collected outboard motors, things like that in the past. I got into the telephones probably 15 years ago, and I’ve been there ever since. Starting to collect all the Ericofon colors was just an attempt to try and find out everything there was to know on the Ericofon. Since little information was known on the Ericofon, I made it my mission. And I decided to build a we…
  • Antique Telephone Collector Gary Goff Talks Candlesticks and Desk Sets How did I get started collecting antique telephones? As a kid I always liked phones, using them, talking on them. As a teenager I had some business telephone equipment that was taken out of an old building that was being demolished. Bell System or Western Electric 1A equipment. I took it off the wall of this old building that my father had purchased that was in the path of the I5 Freeway in downto…
  • Eames, Nelson, and the Mid-Century Modern Aesthetic As a teenager, I collected everything from vintage bicycles to Coca-Cola to Victorian stuff. Once I realized some of this stuff contained concepts of art and design, I started looking for vintage objects that also represented art or design movements that could hold my interest. I ran across Art Nouveau and then Art Deco and then Arts and Crafts and then streamline modern. Visually it all led up to…
  • Uncovering Lost Treasure - Antique Art Deco Telephones In Storage Since 1945 Every collector dreams of being the person to uncover cities of lost gold, the next Tutankhamen's tomb, or if not that, an overgrown, abandoned railroad depot packed to the rafters with relics and surprises. That hasn't happened to me yet, but here's something almost as good that did happen: Click the photo above to read how I uncovered a stash of antique telephones that had been hidden in …
  • Mid-Century Modern Furniture, from Marshmallow Sofas to Hans Wegner Chairs Mid-century Modern used the technology of mass production to produce good-looking pieces of furniture out of the latest materials. A number of these materials became commonplace after World War II, so the idea was to make things affordable. These were not “custom-made pieces.” When you bought a Tiffany lamp, even though that was a production piece in its day, it was also a handmade piece that cost…