Telephone in the Fernmeldemuseum, Bremen, Germany.
Antique and Retro Telephones have exploded on the home decor popular consciousness in the US. In the UK, the height of the fad hit a couple of years ago. I think this must be a nostalgic backlash against the speed of technological change. People yearn for clunky, older-styled tech as tech madness pushes forward exponentially. The blog Advice 4U Now just commented on this: "These phones can remind you of days gone by when maybe you would talk for hours to your girlfriend or boyfriend before your parents made you get off the phone. You do remember those days right? With so many things happening in the world lately, sometimes you would just wish to sit back, relax, and spend the day just talking over a retro telephone. 'Say what? Talk on an old phone?' you may say, but many people are getting back to there roots so to speak when it comes to their home telephones and they are going retro. ... Maybe you recognize one of those by name, but you certainly would recognize one of these retro telephones by sight. They may rekindle memories of visiting your grandparents house, or maybe your parents had one. Made from the original case mouldings that were supplied back in the good old days, these rotary dial retro telephones are the real mccoy and better still when you get that first phone call you’ll remember that there’s nothing quite like the original bell ring of this true classic."