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When was the last time you picked up a handset and dialed a number on a rotary phone? Telephones were something back then – the weight of handset and the static crackle of a dial tone in your ear. I shouldn’t glamorize the telephone too much. The busy signals, people eavesdropping on party lines, the long cords that would get caught around everything, though it was much harder to drop that sucker in the toilet.
The Model 500 telephone is a first in a series of objects shared with us on Findery by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. We will be featuring their notes as part of our ongoing Daily Challenges; your notes and stories will enrich the Cooper-Hewitt’s extensive collection.
If you leave a note, please add a “dc-phone” tag.