Old School Hello: The Telephone

Happy New Year!

That includes Happy Gregorian New Year & Happy Lunar New Year!

Since I have been back in the Bay Area, I have spent most of my time recovering from an exhilarating yet tiring Christmas and New Year.

Now I’m ready to share photos and experiences of my trip to New York…

One recurring theme that intrigued me was old-school telephones. I’m not talking about 1990s, just before cell phones hit the market. I’m talking about the ones with the dial that you have to turn to register the number. The one where if you make a mistake on the 6th or 8th digit, you have to start all over again.

At the MoMA

Only today, these telephones have been revamped into kitschy, hipster-like, shiny designs that speak to the old days.

From Miss Hoe

I find these telephones cute in light of our modern machines with enough power to compete with laptops. Ironically, I used my iPhone to snap the shots of these telephones and I’m very impressed by the quality of the images. To think, we started with these old members and now we’re up to speed with cell phones.

I’m glad we don’t have to use pay phones anymore. Otherwise, I would lose my calling cards all the time.

This old guy was hanging out in the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. It blended well with the luxurious Art Deco design.

By the way, does anyone know why there is an equal sign (or what Wikipedia refers to as the double hyphen), “=” , between the words “Waldorf” and “Astoria” rather than a hyphen, “-” ? That is the convention used inside the hotel and I am curious why they picked the former instead of the latter. Seems like a deliberate choice but I can’t find an answer on the Internet.

And my favorite one of the bunch:

Very cute! Found her in a little boutique in SoHo/NoLita called Miss Hoe. Those little stores reminded me of the little shops lining Parisian streets. It’s a nice place to find odd things.


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