Dial 1-800-Nostalgia

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Dial 1-800-Nostalgia

by Derrick Douglass

Nov 24, 2011


Doug Larson said,”Nostalgia is a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days.”  Like the breath we take that gives us life, nostalgia defines our humanness. In time, most harken back to simpler time when bills, politics and careers were didn’t weigh us down. Objects can help us get in touch with those happier times we long for.

I love the rotary telephones from my youth.  They were cool, though I didn’t know it at the time, interesting and simple.  All they can do is look good and make calls.  Nothing else! Now that these phones are thirty years old they are retro, a look that works for my modern, retro design sensibility.  

Sprinkling mid-century home furnishings in your interior space creates an ultra modern feel that has interest and depth.  I purchased these phones at flea markets and thrift stores.  Some work and others don’t, but they all bring me joy.  Please enjoy my collection.  I hope is inspires you to add mid-century items to your collection.

Derrick Douglass ::: ChiefRemixOlogist  ::: http://www.thriftstoreremix.wordpress.com ________________________________________________________________

Western Electric Trimline Telephone

The Western Electric Trimline telephone is a variety of telephone set designed by Donald Genaro of Henry Dreyfuss Associates for the Bell System (AT&T). It was built by the Bell System’s manufacturing arm, Western Electric. The idea behind the Trimline telephone was to create an alternative telephone set design that was stylish and easier to use than a traditional telephone.


Western Electric Model 500 Telephone

The original Western Electric Model 500 was designed by the firm of industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss, the product of several years of research and testing, and introduced in 1949. The 500 replaced the Dreyfuss-influenced Western Electric Model 302, introduced in 1937, and improved upon several areas of design that were problematic in the earlier models.


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Western Electric Model 554 Telephone

This was the wall mounted version of the 500 set.  It had the same rotary dial, ringer, handset and network as the 500 set.

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