Western Electric Design Line Phones

Introduced in 1974, these phones were intended to spice up the boring old device that had been around for decades.

I would have gone for the Chestphone, because then I would have felt like I was a member of U.N.C.L.E. or SMERSH.

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     Posted By: Paul - Tue May 15, 2018
     Category: Business | Advertising | Telephones | 1970s

No shoe phone? How are we supposed to contact Agent 99?
Posted by Virtual on 05/15/18 at 08:40 AM
I collected phones for a few years. At one point I had a different antique phone plugged into every room in the house. When someone called it drove my Uncle nuts! One day a friend offered to buy all the phones for the price of tuition for my first year of university plus books and supplies I would need. I was either going to carry the phones with me to another city or I was going to take him up on his offer. Decades later and he still have the phones I sold to him and many more!
agent j
Posted by agent j on 05/15/18 at 09:06 AM
I 'inherited' a Chestphone from a previous manager (or one which looked much like it -- this one had grooves across the top in pseudo-Art Deco style). Hated it. Cord was about eight inches long, and you had to stuff it back into the hole each time. If you left it open with the cord hanging out, it'd always catch on something and shift the handset just enough that it was off the hook.
Posted by Phideaux on 05/15/18 at 12:24 PM
I still have my red, white and blue stick phone.
Posted by Casey on 05/16/18 at 05:43 AM
I have a 1935 Western Electric 102. I'm even able to use it with my Google voice number over the internet.

I let one of my son's 13-year-old friends use it, but I had to teach him how the dial worked. He thought it was very "complicated."
Posted by Robb of Warren on 05/16/18 at 11:52 PM
Not an phone that was hung from the chest but an phone in the box that needs to have the "retracible" handset cord do you know where to get replacement parts!?? My cord is frayed at the tiny hanset plug
Posted by Grady Tech#wg2623 on 05/17/18 at 04:45 PM
We had the celebrity phone in our formal sitting room that nobody ever sat in.
I didn’t like that phone because the cord was so short, so I couldn’t walk around, or sit or lay on the floor while gossiping on the phone like some preteen girls do. Our phone in the kitchen had a cord that seemed like it was 20 feet long; and it was always in knots.
Posted by Courtney on 05/17/18 at 06:50 PM
@Grady Tech#wg2623 -- Search Amazon for 'handset cord' and select length/color. There are a lot of sizes and styles. You'll have to look at the bottom of the phone to find how to access the 'internal' end of the cord -- it may be a plastic plate that pops out or you might have to unscrew something. In either case, you may want to take the cord out and measure it before ordering a new one.
Posted by Phideaux on 05/17/18 at 08:57 PM
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