Golden telephone

Posted by
Harry (Apex, NC, United States) on 17 January 2014 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

This handset was on display in a bank setting. It is a sleeker more modern design -- at least for the time. It definitely predates the dial era, so probably the caller had to tap the hook several times to get the operator's attention, then would tell her who to connect. If you look closely at the wires (the back one is pretty frayed) you can see that the technology of the time was to wrap the copper in a woven sheath of insulation.

SONY DSLR-A700 2 seconds F/11.0 ISO 800 127 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this ancient telephone. I liked how you pointed out the nature of the insulation on the wire. Those were the days!

17 Jan 2014 4:35pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

A fantastic close up love to see the wire exposed like that

17 Jan 2014 6:03pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image of this old phone. We certainly don't see many of these anymore.

17 Jan 2014 6:05pm

saeed from minoodasht, Iran


17 Jan 2014 7:08pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful frame, lighting & details!
Memorable & amazing!

17 Jan 2014 8:43pm

John Jungklaus from Chase Mills, NY, United States

Very interesting !! A superb capture Harry !!

18 Jan 2014 2:57am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture. excellent detail

18 Jan 2014 3:33am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Fascinating to link this old candlestick phone to what we have today . . I wonder what another 100 years will bring . . hello, hello ?

18 Jan 2014 5:47am

@Ronnie 2¢: I will be happy when cellphone calls attain the reliability of good old fashioned landlines. From the 1950s (if not earlier) connections were fast and reliable, and voice quality was stellar. Then came "Can you hear me now?" became both a service mark and a joke.

Diana from San Francisco, United States

Love the color, it is so nature.

18 Jan 2014 5:47am

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe aussi celui ci!! amitiés

18 Jan 2014 7:58am

Martine Libouton from Genappe, Belgium

Très belle compo!

18 Jan 2014 11:09am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

good shot

18 Jan 2014 3:07pm

L'angevine from Angers, France

allô,tu m'entends...

18 Jan 2014 4:31pm

@L'angevine: haut et fort

American Ferret from Central Florida, United States

I love this shot - it speaks to us of a time when life was simpler and people had respect for each other; they had values and morals back then.

(Note: Copper wire encased in cloth insulation was the normal practice at the time - in fact, the practice prevailed late into the 950's, especially with electrical wiring.)

18 Jan 2014 8:30pm

Wim van der Meij from Zutphen, Netherlands

We know this from old movies. Actually not so very old: less than a century. Developments have been so fast!!

21 Jan 2014 9:06am