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Newfangled Telephonic Device

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 12 October 2012 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

PENTAX K200D 1/45 second F/4.5 ISO 1600 97 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Veronique from France, Switzerland

J'ai eu le suivant chez moi, celui qui avait un cadran !!

12 Oct 2012 5:26am

@Veronique: Si elle avait un écran, il est certainement un modèle plus récent que celui-ci! Merci beaucoup Véronique! ;-))

PATRICK from miramas, France

great capture

12 Oct 2012 5:30am

@PATRICK: Thank you very much Patrick! ;-)

larans from Lund, Sweden

There is something real cool about this old technique. Great photo!

12 Oct 2012 6:04am

@larans: Thank you very much Lars! ;-)

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

...funny capture!

12 Oct 2012 6:28am

@Nazzareno: Thank you very much Nazzareno! ;-)

Nick from Issaquah, United States

Nice image! Looks like a face :D

12 Oct 2012 7:05am

@Nick: Thank you very much Nick! ;-)

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

Another historical memory. Thanks, Eric, to share it.

12 Oct 2012 7:36am

@El pare: Thank you very much Manel! My pleasure! ;-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great telephone with funny character..

12 Oct 2012 7:37am

@Sarito: Thank you very much Sarito! ;-)

L'angevine from Angers, France

on dirait qu'il y a des yeux et qu'on va toucher mais à son qu'il éternuera "ALLO"....

12 Oct 2012 7:42am

@L'angevine: LOL.....merci beaucoup L'Angevine! ;-))

Martine from bousval, Belgium

J'adore ces vieux téléphones avec ces 2 yeux et son nez en trompette!!!!!

12 Oct 2012 8:44am

@Martine: Merci beaucoup Martine! ;-)

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Haha nice title, what kind of witchcraft is this?

12 Oct 2012 8:55am

@Ainsley: Thank you very much Ainsley! That's how they were before you were born! ;-)

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing of it !

12 Oct 2012 8:57am

@Mhelene: Thank you very much Mhelene! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Il me fait penser à une tête de bonhomme triste! :)

12 Oct 2012 8:59am

@mo.langel: LOL....merci beaucoup Mo! ;-))

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quel vieux téléphne de bois une mervielel grandisoe compo.

12 Oct 2012 9:25am

@Nicou: Merci beaucoup Nicou! ;-)

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

looks great :)

12 Oct 2012 10:51am

@Mariana Maoduš: Thank you very much Mariana! ;-)

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image. Great capture,Eric!. Nicely done. :)

12 Oct 2012 11:43am

@Sam: Thank you very much Sam! ;-)

roni from Merksem, Belgium


12 Oct 2012 11:51am

@roni: Thank you very much Roni! ;-)

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A direct line to the past in this beautiful vintage shot!

12 Oct 2012 12:02pm

@Stephen: Thank you very much Stephen! ;-)

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Everything is not good in the progress , nice machine , Phil

12 Oct 2012 12:53pm

@Phil: Thank you very much Phil! ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Ha, ha ... "newfangled" for sure; we have a working one I posted a while back.

12 Oct 2012 1:02pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: LOL....Thank you very much Judy! ;-)

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

The technical part may be old but such a wonderful craftsmanship the wood construction.

12 Oct 2012 1:27pm

@Göran: Thank you very much Goran! Yes, like most things back in the day there was a large amount of pride in their craftmanship! ;-)

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

The technical part may be old but such a wonderful craftsmanship the wood construction.

12 Oct 2012 1:28pm

Göran from Skanör, Sweden

The technical part may be old but such a wonderful craftsmanship the wood construction.

12 Oct 2012 1:28pm

Tat à l'Oeil from Paris, France

Superbe trouvaille !

12 Oct 2012 1:58pm

@Tat à l'Oeil: Je vous remercie beaucoup Tat à l'oeil et Bienvenue sur mon blog ! S'il vous plaît revenir et visiter bientôt ! ;-)

Carol from Leamington, Canada

'Newfangled' made me chuckle.... I love these old phones, don't know why but I just do! These cordless things drive me insane sometimes.... especially if they've lost their charge! A super capture Eric, I enjoyed!

12 Oct 2012 2:51pm

@Carol: Thank you very much Carol! Yes, sometimes progress is not necessarily a step forward! ;-)

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Excellent capture. well seen again...:-)

12 Oct 2012 3:10pm

@Lena: Thank you very much Lena! ;-)

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Did you take a message? Haha! Nice shot, Eric.

12 Oct 2012 3:13pm

@Viewfinder: Thank you very much Glenn! No the line was busy! ;-)

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Eric, der Titel ist genau so gut wie das Foto.

12 Oct 2012 3:18pm

@Heinz: Vielen Dank Heinz! ;-)

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this old timer. I can remember grandma cranking away on one of these and then listening to see if the neighbors were listening in to her conversation.

12 Oct 2012 3:42pm

@Slackwater - Don: LOL....yep, that's exactly how those old party lines worked! Thank you very much Don! ;-)

lalena60 from Spain

Great capture!! :)

12 Oct 2012 3:53pm

@lalena60: Thank you very much Lalena! ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

this is excellent. beautifully done

12 Oct 2012 5:20pm

@john4jack: Thank you very much Jack! ;-)

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great capture; there is something so inviting about this simplistic phone!

12 Oct 2012 6:42pm

@RBL: Thank you very much Ruthie! ;-)

sido from Seville, Spain

Funny thing. Am I too young? Never seen one of these.

12 Oct 2012 8:01pm

@sido: LOL....yes you are definitely too young! Thank you very much Sido! ;-))

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I am quite happy that we do not have to use these anymore! I can talk to and see my family on the other side of the Country thanks to today's technology! :)
This is a lovely image Eric, The rich wood and texture of the grain are beautiful!

12 Oct 2012 8:11pm

@Tracy: Thank you very much Tracy! Yes technology has made these types of moves easier! ;-)

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Lovely image and they wouldn't believe that you could put one in your pocket !

12 Oct 2012 8:13pm

@Doug: those days you didn't even have your own number, just your own ring as the party line was shared by a number of families. Thank you very much Doug! ;-)

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

Great shot of this interesting old tech telephone !!! Nowadays they can be seen almost as artwork ...

12 Oct 2012 9:34pm

@Baldwin: Thank you very much Baldwin! ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

You don't see many of these anymore. A lot of craftsmanship went into it. Lovely image.

12 Oct 2012 9:37pm

@Elaine Hancock: today's digital world they are a hard sell! Also they don't quite fit into your purse or pocket! Thank you very much Elaine! ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

When we finally got a phone on the farm, it was a party line. You had to listen for your ring. If you wanted to make a call, you turned the crank to get the operator. However, it was a desk model. Now, I carry a computer in my pocket that is also a phone. The wonders I have seen!

12 Oct 2012 9:40pm

@Steve Rice: Thank you very much Steve! Yes, weren't those old party lines something special! ;-))

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

We had one of these when I was very young. I don't really remember it, but I have seen it in old family photos. It was like Steve said - party line, etc.

13 Oct 2012 1:39am

@B. Thomas: Thank you very much Barbara! Yes, it was a very interesting piece of work! ;-)

Robert Lewis from Somewhere, United States

Love the naturalness of this capture. The wood grain and mouth piece stands out very well!

13 Oct 2012 3:40am

@Robert Lewis: Thank you very much Robert and welcome to my blog! Please come back and visit soon! ;-)

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

My granny used to live on a farm and they had one of these (many years ago)

13 Oct 2012 7:21am

@Anina Botes: Thank you very much Anina! Yes so did my grandmother when they lived on the farm! ;-)

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Nowadays people change their cellphones with the seasons! What a difference, isn't it?! When this model in your photo came to be used, I think people were more than satisfied just to be able to communicate with one another!

13 Oct 2012 11:06am

@Japanalia: Thank you very much Gabriela! Yes when they first came out it was a marvelous new way to communicate! ;-)

k@ from Paris, France

Just love the "face" (eyes, mouth, surprised expression) of this wooden great fellow !

13 Oct 2012 1:04pm

@k@: Thank you very much Karine! ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

"high tech sh...." indeed ... incredible how far we've come with telecommunication, isn't it ?!?

13 Oct 2012 7:02pm

@franz: Thank you very much Franz! Yes a whole new world! ;-)

christine from schoten, Belgium

He looks at me with big eyes! :o)

13 Oct 2012 7:18pm

@christine: LOL....Thank you very much Christine! ;-)

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

We come a long way from these..gee it must of been something to experience...nice shot

14 Oct 2012 2:58pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

bien vu cette photo, on dirait une personne... thanks for visiting Eric...

15 Oct 2012 5:26pm

1/45 second
ISO 1600
97 mm (35mm equiv.)