Posted 5 years ago
The stuff dreams are made of - and of all places, discovered in my little home country of New Zealand in 1990. Was buying a large lot of ordinary black bakelite 1950s desk and wall phones from a private individual's garden shed, when he said "oh there's a peculiar red model in this bag if you want it, for $5 extra". True.
Am delighted it is a Chinese Red model, as I taught English all over China for eight years...an unforgettably exhilerating experience. Karma.
I use this phone daily and with original carbon granule microphone. It is similar to the less rare (but still highly prized) GPO issue, however the Siemens bellset is more elegant, being slimmer (bell mechanisms are open-cast, whereas the GPO No.25 or 26 bellsets were lidded, adding height.
Nowadays it is virtually impossible, even in the UK, to source one of these, either GPO or this much scarcer Siemens Brothers London version.
You'll see similar ivory, red and green examples in the War Rooms, below Whitehall in London, to satisfy your craving to view these.