Forget cell phones! In the 1930's a private-eye office was really something if it even had a telephone. The above telephone in in mint condition and has been restored to plug into a modern telephone jack. Phone numbers were usually only two letters and three numbers. In many big cities, there was a total of maybe 1000 phones in use at the most. Note the phone number on this phone "PI-007".
A Description Of The Phone Above
A classic piece of Art Deco design styled by Ericsson in 1934. The distinctive 'angular' shape was influenced by the very 'geometric' paintings and sculptures of the Cubist art movement (Picasso & Co.) which was all the rage in Europe at the time. This particular model is very significant, and represents a turning-point in the design of the domestic phone, as it was the first compact table telephone made available to subscribers with a built-in bell ringer. By today's standards, a telephone without a ringer or buzzer would seem totally absurd, but in the 30's this was a luxury and cutting edge technology! Previous to this model, the 200 series 'pyramid' type had to be used with an external bell set often mounted on a nearby wall.
There was a time when you didn't own a phone. You couldn't do that. You
rented your phone from the phone company for so much a month. If you wanted
a phone, only the phone company could rent you want. My how things have
Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
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