Share your favorites on Show & Tell


In Telephones > Ericofon Telephones > Show & Tell.
AnythingObsc…'s loves948 of 7664Unknown 1945 artist drawing signedArmstrong's Glass Insulators
Love it
Like it

raven3766raven3766 loves this.
vetraio50vetraio50 loves this.
AnythingObscureAnythingObscure loves this.
SEAN68SEAN68 loves this.
auraaura loves this.
Vynil33rpmVynil33rpm loves this.
WatchsearcherWatchsearcher loves this.
kerry10456kerry10456 loves this.
ElisabethanElisabethan loves this.
ttomtuckerttomtucker loves this.
austrohungaroaustrohungaro loves this.
VintageWikiVintageWiki loves this.
antiqueroseantiquerose loves this.
Cormoran1925Cormoran1925 loves this.
racer4fourracer4four loves this.
andrewreevesandrewreeves loves this.
aghcollectaghcollect loves this.
Virginia.vintageVirginia.vintage loves this.
See 16 more
Add to collection

    Please create an account, or Log in here

    If you don't have an account, create one here.

    Create a Show & TellReport as inappropriate

    Posted 7 years ago

    (5 items)

    Hi all,

    I'm the owner of a vintage blog called vintagewiki ( and I write articles about cool vintage items.

    For this post, I specifically want to provide you with more information on the Ericofon :)

    The Ericofon is a telephone created by the Swedish Ericsson company, a provider of communications technology and services.

    Doesn't ring a bell? Ericofon is also known as the Cobra Phone because its similarity to a snake.

    This telephone was designed in the late 1940s, while serial production started in 1954. Although the first models were sold to institutions only, in 1956 the Ericofon was sold on the European and Australian market. In the USA, the Ericofon was distributed by North Electric.

    When the Ericofon was introduced in the USA, initially a set of 18 colors was available. Below you can find a beautiful overview of all colors. For special promotions, a chrome and gold plated ericofon was introduced. Also an orange version, specifically used by the British post office and a clear version were available. Accent green, charcoal, nordic blue and royal dubonnet belong to one of the most rare colors.

    The original Ericophone was produced in 2 different designs, the old case and the new case. The old case was molded in two pieces, while the new case was molded as a single piece. The reason for design change was only to accomodate molding. Also clearly visibile, the new case was shorter and more angled.

    In 1976, a third version was introduced, namely "Model 700". It is very different compared to earlier Ericofons, mainly by its squarish design. This model was part of the centennial celebration of the LM Ericsson company. It was only produced in Sweden. Ericsson gave the phone the nickname "Centenary Ericofon". Model 700 Ericofons were available in five colors: green, brown, white, blue and orange.

    Hope you enjoyed this article!

    Ericofon Telephones
    See all
    North Electric Ericsson Ericofon Phone Vintage Retro Modern Rotary Dial
    North Electric Ericsson Ericofon Ph...
    Aqua Blue Ericofon Telephone - Full Restoration
    Aqua Blue Ericofon Telephone - Full...
    Cobra Phone Ericofon Vintage North Electric Ericsson Cream Retro Rotary Dial 50s
    Cobra Phone Ericofon Vintage North ...
    Mid-Century vintage Ericofon Cobra telephone Ericsson, rotary dial, GREEN
    Mid-Century vintage Ericofon Cobra ...
    North Electric Ericsson Ericofon Phone Vintage Retro Modern Rotary Dial
    North Electric Ericsson Ericofon Ph...
    See all


    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      Wow.....Thats a lot of Neat phones!!
    2. VintageWiki VintageWiki, 7 years ago
    3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
    4. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 5 months ago
      Ericofons are SO COOL!! I've got a red one (already shown here) and a couple of white, one of the white ones has a rare (I think?) built in "ringer" which was an electronic warbletone instead of an actual bell -- I believe one of the very first examples of such to begin to train 'the public' towards that kind of sound for a phone instead. Also from the useless trivia dept, Ericofons had wide usage in hospitals of the time (those "institutions" VintageWiki refers to) because they could be easily used with only one hand by a bedridden patient. This ease of operation also proved to be somewhat of an unintended consequence when the Ericos were introduced to the home market -- it took people some getting-used-to with the idea that if they answered the Ericofon then wanted to set it down for something, they had to *lay* it down or they'd inadvertently hang up on their caller...? <lol>

    Want to post a comment?

    Create an account or login in order to post a comment.