As technology advances we see iconic pieces lost to new innovation. Such is true with telephones. I can't tell you how many people I know that no longer have a home phone, myself included. Well, technically I don't. I DO have old phones in my house, because I love the way old phones look, but they aren't plugged in to a land line.
Mine are just decor, but aren't they great?
this one is a repro but I'm always looking for the real thing....
And how about old phone tables aka gossip benches? Imagine tables designed just to hold the telephone and phone book? It makes sense when you think back when people would actually sit down and make a phone call to catch up with friends or family. It was an event, an appointment. It's not like today when we are driving and talking, shopping and talking, riding a bike and talking (yes, I've actually seen this)!
How fabulous are these? Uh oh, I think I want one.
Sold on Ebay.
Danish Modern style Ebay
How about these awesome phones?
Etsy I had this exact phone in the 80's!
Funny story, one night we had some friends over. 3 kids of our friends were gathered around my black rotary phone playing with it. One said to her Dad "Daddy, what is this"? She had no idea what it was. Wow. It makes sense but it was so weird to think that she (they) really had no clue that it was a telephone!