Retro Rotary Phones

I recently ran across this stash of rotary phones at the local antique mall. I’m old enough to remember having a wall-hanging rotary phone in our kitchen back when I was a kid. For years at work we had a red rotary phone that we dubbed “the emergency presidential phone.” We kept it around for years and used it to plug into random phone jacks to see if they were live or not.

On my desk at home I have a black rotary phone. I don’t even have a phone jack in my home office (cordless phones and Skype replaced the need for one), but I just like the look of it. Quick, call the operator! Swoop, click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click-click.

A few years ago a friend of mine asked me to keep an eye out for a rotary phone for a project he was working on. I found one, boxed it up, and shipped it to New York. A few months later, he sent me a link to this video. I think it was totally worth it.

Did you have a rotary phone in your home growing up? Do you have one now?