When telephones were first introduced into homes in America, you could get them in any color you wanted. As long as you wanted black. Then phones in colors were introduced in the 1940's. Some colors are rarer than others.
Here are some rare Western Electric desk sets made in colors you might not see every day in these sets. [More...]
Today we take pushing buttons to call someone on the phone totally for granted. But in 1960, it was a very new concept, and the Bell System tested it a few areas before bringing it to the general public.
This is a close-up and inside look at the rarest Western Electric Touch-Tone desk set. [More...]
The rotary dial has been around almost as long as there have been telephones.
This is a photo gallery of some rotary dials that are out of the ordinary, including several different 11 digit dials, the backwards dials used in Oslo and dials from Canada that avoided being bi-lingual. [More...]