This site is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the telephones
of the 1950's, 60's and 70's, especially those made by the Western
Electric company for the Bell System in America.
I'm Adam Forrest, and I like telephones, especially
the Western Electric telephones of the
fifties, sixties and seventies. Although I'm a computer programmer and web designer now,
I spent the bulk of my younger days learning about, and then installing and repairing
telephones and small PBXs.
This site is a collection of some of the things I enjoy looking at, I
guess it's sort of a telephone collector's blog. I hope you enjoy looking
at these phones too!
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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...]