Retro telephones will always be a staple classic of eccentricity and here at Cuckooland we love outlandish declarations of style. That’s why we stock the coolest retro phones available today. We are proud to bring to you, well known brands such as GPO, Swiss Voice, and Wild & Wolf, a designer well versed in timeless home accessories.
Our extensive range of old style retro telephones are an ideal gift for him, and come in all colours of the eclectic rainbow to suit the most individual of tastes. Our vintage telephones demonstrate pure nostalgic devotion as well as incorporating the latest teleology, which means you can have a practical home accessory that makes a real statement.
You are a person of impeccable taste and style. Not everyone can get away with having such a cool home but you work it like a pro. Every corner of your home has some sort of talking point, from the vintage record player to the shelving unit made entirely of cork. You home is nothing short of a montage of style and substance which others will fail to recreate.
You understand the importance of supporting an iconic design. It is your mission to revive the vintage, retro and old style classics which have been ruthlessly laid to waste by modern technology.
A Retro phone will earn you brownie points with friends or family members who fall into the hipster, vintage or craft-making scene. No need to look for approve from your peers when you’re rocking a vintage telephone!
Fact 1: Alexander Graham Bell beat Elisha Grey to the patent office by a nail biting two hours to secure the first official telephone patent. This was followed by a very lengthy legal battle over who invented the telephone with Bell coming out as the successor.
Fact 2: Mike and Mary Philips of Pike County hold the Guinness World Record for largest collection of telephones with a staggering 1,135 phones taking pride of place in their home.
Fact 3: Up until 1968 telephones only had ten buttons. The # and • were added afterwards. Can you imagine a world without the #? Twitter would look very different indeed!
Fact 4: Back to Bell - The master inventor would answer the phone will a hearty ‘Ahoy.’ However Thomas Edison thought it was much better to utter a polite ‘Hello’ instead.
Fact 5: Telephone wires had a ranking system which was devised by how tasty they were to mice and rats. This was due to the incessant devouring of wires by rodents which caused incredible damage to large telephone companies.
It’s a major inconvenience when a super hero needs to fight crime but also protect their identity. Clark Kent aka Superman knew this all too well and so it was a saving grace that during his heyday, our spandex loving hero could rely on the many available phone boxes dotting around the city of Metropolis.
Possibly the most famous British Police Public Call Box in history, the Tardis is now a cultural icon. Although the well known blue call box is not actually a phone box but a universal transportation device, we still has to include such an awesome British legend.
This mind bending, cinematic masterpiece created a conundrum for pretty much all science fiction fans with the very simple question - are we part of the Matrix? And of course one of the greatest scenes of all time involved the ringing black phone of destiny.
Us Brits might have had an space traveling Doctor but America had two bodacious dudes in need of a serious history lesson. Our righteous traveling duo must save the future using a time traveling phone box, what could possibly go wrong?
This film noir was filled to the brim with lust, lies, betrayal and of course a very tense scene featuring the adulterous Margot Mary Wendice gripping onto a black telephone for her unsuspecting dear life.
It’s hard to believe that a film centred entirely around a Phone Booth would turn out to be such a hit. Colin Ferral does his best ‘man on the edge of desperation’ performance mostly in a phone booth, as the audience are gripped in this well designed thriller. And the lesson we learnt from this film, never pick up a ringing public phone!
The 70's called! They want their phones back. Few vintage items have achieved such staunch popularity as the retro telephone, which has been given a new lease of life in minimalist interiors that want something bulky, brash and gorgeous (and timeless and nostalgic) for a table or kitchen side-top. Some interesting facts can be gleaned from our guide to retro phones, shedding light on the ever-changing history behind a piece of tech we take for granted.
However, if you’re still unsure about how a vintage phone works, or how it’ll compliment your home, then read on as we answer some common queries. We don’t want to leave you off the hook, after all…
Only if you like. There’s a certain pleasure to be had from a 60’s-esque ringtone clattering through your hallway, but our ring settings have an on/off switch, as we know 7am calls might be a bit much if they’re literally full of bells and whistles.
Simply put – wherever you have a landline connection. Older properties might have strategically-placed phone jacks in areas such as the kitchen or hallway. For the average home, your phone line will likely be elsewhere, perhaps beside an internet port. So take a look for yours before you buy. Alternatively a simple phone extension lead will do the trick.
Never fear – although we stock phones that feature classic design traits such as rotary dials, the vast majority of our models offer push-button dialling, callback options and a modern chord design that resists tangling.
Here at Cuckooland, we’re aware that vintage items are taking pride of place for many a homeowner. If style is cyclical, we can’t imagine the retro phone going anywhere fast, especially with the modern features built into these products. If you’re catching the vintage bug, take a look through our retro furniture category or call Anna, Sophie or Kate on +44 (0) 1305 231 231 for free expert advice.
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