People started collecting phones shortly after Alexander Graham Bell patented them in 1876. Some of those early handmade wood telephones from the 1880s (e.g. those marked Charles Williams Jr. or American Bell) are among the most prized finds for telephone collectors.

Collectible antique and vintage telephones basically fall into three groups. Wood wall phones, which were produced from 1876 up through World War II, have lost much of their appeal (except those earliest models) as few collectors still remember growing up with them. Candlestick phones, produced from the 1890s through the 1920s, are still in great demand, especially the earliest turn of the century nickel-plated models.

Desk sets, including most phones after 1930, are the bulk of the hobby today, and range from early 1920s models with ringer boxes to the groovy 1960s and 70s Ericofon, Princess and Trimline models. The most commonly found phones are rotary dial models such as the Western Electric 202s (1930s), 302s (1940s-50s), and 500 sets (1960s and 70s).

While Western Electric is the big name for many American collectors, makers like Automatic Electric, Kellogg Switchboard and Supply, Stromberg Carlson and others are also in high demand. Many telephone collectors also focus on related items such as telephone signs and switchboards.

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Hutchinson News, October 8th

Many of you reading this were probably still using a rotary telephone. The music medium of choice was the vinyl record. Now, we play our downloaded music on our phones. To try to compare and contrast the Royals' last two division-winning teams is an...Read more

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The Daily Advertiser, October 8th

Apparently the RSVP has gone the way of rotary phones or dial-up internet. It's something we used to do, but not anymore. In case you haven't Googled it lately, RSVP comes from the French phrase, Respondez sil vou plait, or, in English, please reply...Read more

Battle royale: 1985 vs. 2015
Hutchinson News, October 7th

Many of you reading this were probably still using a rotary telephone. The music medium of choice was the vinyl record. Now, we play our downloaded music on our phones. To try to compare and contrast the Royals' last two division-winning teams is an...Read more

Editorial: Don't like your nephew? There's an app for that!
Eastern Arizona Courier, October 7th

Back in the olden days of home milk deliveries, rotary phones and vinyl records, people also reviewed each other. It was this thing called gossip and it worked pretty well, albeit on a very small scale. See, the gossip “app” required people to talk...Read more

Phone booth transformed into community library - Lisbon, October 7th

BUY. 01/03. Caption. The Movement Guerra Junqueiro Avenue Merchants installed a library inside of an antique phone booth at London Square and Avenida de Roma to promote reading. Phone booth transformed into community library Lisbon. ID:8740370...Read more

'Hopscotch,' dubbed the 'asphalt opera,' hits the streets of LA
Los Angeles Times, October 7th

She holds the receiver of an old-school rotary phone to her ear listening to a strange voice croon a riddle about her future. Wild instrumental music blares from speakers. Occasionally Lucha harmonizes a reply to the voice. She sings of loss and longing...Read more

Post-marriage equality, gays no longer have to be Dems
Orlando Sentinel, October 6th

In an era of post-marriage equality, the conventional wisdom that gays must be Democrats is as useful as a rotary phone. Yes, marriage equality was an important issue, but its day has come and gone. There are more-pressing issues facing the nation today...Read more

Vintage Telephone Museum Completely Destroyed by California Wildfire
Observer, September 16th

The JKL Museum of Telephony, also known as the American Museum of Telephony and located near the town of San Andreas, has been completely destroyed this week in the ongoing Butte fire, located east of Jackson County, reports Smithsonian Magazine...Read more