Friday, June 25, 2010

Orange telephone art


[Photograph by Rachel Leddy.]

My daughter Rachel spotted this telephone in an Anthropologie. It’s not faux-old: it’s a 1950s–1960s telephone, refurbished and painted. “Hand-restored in Argentina,” says the Anthropologie website. Steep price ($198) and mixed customer reviews, but lovely to look at.

Thanks, Rachel!

Other posts with orange
Crate art, orange : Orange art, no crate : Orange crate art : Orange crate art (Encyclopedia Brown) : Orange flag art : Orange mug art : Orange notebook art : Orange soda art : Orange timer art : Orange toothbrush art : Orange train art

comments: 6

Berit said...

Love it! Too bad I haven't got a land line...and the reviews are so poor. Neat concept, though.

Reminds me of our trusty clock:

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/LOu_Cum1Oyx7NsIww3t8XQ?feat=directlink

Which is mid-70's at the earliest. Marc calls it his "Life Clock" as his mom has owned it since he was born or before. The rim is more cream than it's showing here.

Michael Leddy said...

Such a clock! I remember the name Caravelle as being synonymous with “quality.”

I should have mentioned in this post that Rachel and my son Ben have already given me a rotary telephone. I use it in my office, where it’s delighted at least a couple of students with its ultra-loud ring.

TRH said...

RE: orange phones, cf.

http://www.stephenfry.com/2010/06/23/iphone-4-a-welcome-and-a-warning/bumpered/

Michael Leddy said...

Safety orange for the win! Thanks for the link, Timothy.

Berit said...

On a recent visit with his parents the clock came up, and his dad authoritatively told us "Of course it will be good! Caravelle is the name for interior clock line of the Bulova!" (Marc's parents immigrated from the Philippines in the early 70's; as such they are truly bi-lingual but it's not American English. I always enjoy their turn of phrase.)

More unsolicited clock info:

• Gains time at the rate of about 5 min/8 weeks.
• Uses a single D battery which has only been replaced twice in the last 5 or 6 years.

Michael Leddy said...

I think it’s great to keep a clock with history and family significance — much more important than five minutes more or less, no?

(I mean that straightforwardly — no irony involved.)