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As far as vintage placement of telephones, most Victorian and Arts and Crafts homes had a nook like this meant for phone-talking. This is where the only phone in the home would be located. Usually there was a bench and a side table with a drawer for a pencil and a notepad, which became known as a telephone table.
This placement of this vintage phone in an upstairs hallway lends a bit of nostalgia to the space.
I was born in 1972, so the doughnut phone is something that goes into the my personal icons vault along with Farrah Fawcett's haircut, T-Tops, and Donnie and Marie. This is the one I keep on my bedside. It weighs a ton and its ring is obnoxiously loud (it predates the "ringer off" button), but I love the look so much I'm keeping it.
I took this photo a while ago, and if I had any tulips, I'd take my own advice and retake it with natural light, no wires showing, and cropping the bed showing on the left and the speaker showing on the right.
This is another vintage style phone I have in my home. It always reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld where Kramer is mad that Pottery Barn is sending him so many catalogs, and Jerry says "Hey, let me have one of those. I wanna order one of those old-lookin' phones."
Wow, file it under "you don't realize until you see a picture" — my dresser needs a refinishing and some new hardware; I think it's looked like this since 1972.
The look of this simple black phone adds lots of vintage modern style into this home, but you may want a phone that makes calling 911 as easy as possible next to your bed.
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