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Vintage Rotary Dial Telephones

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

I visited my local antique/flea market today.

There hasn’t been much time for junk shopping lately.

Not much time for painting and crafting either.

This college stuff is hard on an old person!

I thought I would share some photos from my shopping trip.

There’s one piece here that’s calling my name.

Can you guess which one it is.


junk shopping

I remember using these phones.

My little two year old granddaughter was playing with an old cell phone the other day…and it made me think of the old rotary phones.

She would have no idea what to do with a rotary dial telephone.


red rotary dial phone

Love the Red


vintage black rotary dial phone

I didn’t go in the shop looking for phones.

They found me.


rolling pins

I like this rolling pin display. the shelf is perfect for them.


rusty stuff

rustic, western?


danger men cooking sign

So true, although the men in my family are really good cooks.



Is this a surveyors tripod?? Anyone know??


wood highboy

Beautiful piece of furniture…I can see it painted…..

but no, this isn’t what’s calling my name.


blue china cabinet

Love the blue china cabinet and the rag garland.



junk treasures

junk treasures

How many of you remember the rotary dial phones….and party lines!!!

I can hear some of you now…party lines…what the heck is she talking about?

Which piece is calling my name?

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17 Responses

  1. Shelley says:

    growing up we had a wall phone….ours was not pretty like the turquoise it was harvest gold…

  2. Patty Lucas says:

    I remember all of the above – I am “experienced” – not old!

  3. Kathy says:

    We lived in a rural area and had a party line. You had to pay extra if a private line was available. You would be talking and hear the click of someone listening or hanging up. I was just a little kid but remember my mom saying that someone needed the phone line. To funny this day and age to think your neighbors could hear your conversation!
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  4. Ms. MIke says:

    I love Patty’s comment about those of us who “remember when” being experienced. The red phone was singing loudly to you I wager. My favorite was the pink princess phone I got when I turned 16. I’ll always be a pink princess in my mind! Have a great day, Kathy.

  5. Em says:

    I member all of the above. And yes,I am REALLY experienced. My mother passed away a year ago and in addition to her portable phone, still had a black rotary wall phone. My 9 year old grandson, said, “Oh Look, Grammy has a phone with a spin cycle”. On a practical note, the old plug in land line phones, will still work in a power outage. I keep on old one, that I had decoratively painted years ago, on hand for just those occasions. Since we in Pennsylvania have had our share of snow, ice and power outages this year, I’m glad I have it just in case. I hope you bought the red one.

  6. Karen says:

    I do remember dial phones ….and as a kid listening in on party line in our home….so funny to hear conversations….but always being mindful not to cough or sneeze, then they would know some smarty pants like myself and my brother ( partner in crime) were listening in…oh what fun! Even at this time we have an old black phone from my husbands parents home….cute old thing. Have a good day…we are getting our big snow ice storm as I type. Karen

  7. Sissy says:

    The aqua wall phone is BEAUTIFUL! Is this antique/flea market in Nashville? I may need to visit :)

  8. Betty says:

    Love all the phones. I have a slim-line touch-tone white phone on my kitchen wall with the long cord to the receiver…love, seldom use…it does ring. We had party lines when I was growing up, seems each person on the line had a certain number of rings when the call was for them. Great days – the 50′/60′!!!

  9. Dena says:

    Oh yes, I we’ll remember our first phone. The prefix was Sunset 5, not just numbers as they are now. My girlfriend and I would pick up our phones at the same time after school and say hi even though we just got off the bus! Good times, good memories. Some days, I really miss that slower pace and just want to turn my cell phone off and unplug the computer. But then …….

  10. Dang, when did I become so old that rotary phones are now vintage? I’m not sure how that happened…. :-)

  11. CONNIE says:

    Love the red phone. Hope you got that one.-Connie
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  12. Cheryl says:

    I tried to call, but someone was on the line :)

  13. kathy says:

    First I want to say “hang in there” when it comes to going back to school! I am a pre-k teacher and decided to get my masters when I was 50. For 2 years I taught school, worked on my masters at night, and even taught a college class. YOU CAN DO IT! You just don’t get to watch t.v. or thrift as much but it is soooo worth it. Now, getting back to the phones- we had a beige one with an extra long cord so I could go into the closet and talk and my 3 brothers and 1 sister could not hear me. But wait, they would lie down in front of the closet door and put their ears by the crack…..what a fun childhood we had!
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  14. L. Thompson says:

    Our first phone was a red rotary dial table phone, did not want red but nothing else available. Now I wonder if it is still around, maybe in crawl space off of upstairs bedroom??? I doubt it. Mother never kept things as I do.
    Yes, I remember the party lines. We did have to pay extra for a private line.

  15. Christy says:

    I absolutely remember party lines. I remember when I was 9 years old, Mom would find me on the phone listening to a conversation. :)
    I actually have a vintage rotary phone that I use. Yep, right by my chair. I love it. I hope it never stops working.

  16. Loni says:

    I just want to jump in my husbands truck and cross five states to go to your favorite junk store with you, every week! I think those lovely red chairs are calling our name!

  17. Nic says:

    My Grandparents had a light pink one that hung in the hallway and the cord was at least 75 feet long! Oh how I loved that phone and wish I had it today!

    Thanks for the memory!

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