Telephones Part Two

Next question: what did the phone look like in the Roaring Twenties?

That one was easier to answer. The earliest commercially-made telephones (circa 1902-04) looked like this one:

ca. 1902

Some people call them candlestick phones. By the Twenties, the design hadn’t changed much. See the new addition of a dial?

ca. 1920s

Then, in about 1930, Henry Dreyfuss, a noted designer, was commissioned to design a new phone. He came up with a style that lasted for more than seventy years. Heck, I had one in my house until a few years ago. Considering the reliability of today’s phones, I wish I had it back!

ca. 1930

So, now I know where to put the phone and what it looks like. Next: how did you make a phone call in the Twenties?

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