Of Typewriters and Telephones.
Things have been a little chaotic here at Filthy HQ, and in a lot of ways it has been living up to that very name. Work has been consuming my time of late, and I’ve been keeping contact with friends and family – and much of the typosphere, with intermittent Facebook posts and emails. It feels like I have an allotment of roughly 30 minutes at a time to be able to perform any particular task – so I have to measure my hobby time and organise it the same way that I do with my work and responsibility time.
Again, bigger decisions are coming our way again, and the talk of packing and moving means that I feel I again have another Damocles sword dangling above my head. And again, I look at the boxes in my shed and think about how much effort it took to pack this all by myself last time.
So, I have decided that it is time to thin down my collections. Maybe…. a bit. God knows I’m unlikely to stem the flow of typewriters that are coming into my house, but hey…. maybe it is time to shift some of the quality ones that I don’t so much for, and let a much more appreciative user have it. After all, some of these machines that I have sitting in my shelves are incredible first-rate machines that I’ve restored to 100% operation, only to leave aside unloved and unused when I shift from quality machine to quality machine.
But it is my telephones that I think it is time to move on. Talk about unloved. They’ve remained in their boxes well after I finished moving, and I’ve really just not got the space and time to display them or appreciate them. So I have decided to clear my collection, except for maybe one or two.
As I was taking photos to start selling them, it occurred to me that these telephones would look better along side other items on my collection – say, typewriters! So I started modelling them along side machines that matched them in era, and if possible design (at least from a colour point of view. As you can see in the example above, a 50’s Ericofon matches quite beautifully the 50’s curvy Hermes 3000.
Iv’e been meaning to show off a bit of my phone collection for a while, so here’s a bit of a peek at my phones, alongside of some of my typewriters as well. Enjoy!
Ericofon – 1950’s
The iconic and beautiful Ericofon – often referred to as ‘the Cobra phone’.
HEEMAF Model 55 (1955 version). One of the greatest Art Deco telephones ever made.
Beautiful dutch designed telephone made by the German Heemaf corporation that was the last of the great bakelite telephones.
Bakelite PMG 420 1930’s to 1950’s.
Australian ‘Post Master General’ bakelite telephone that was quite standard across Australia.
On a side note, I had this phone hooked up to the phone system at the Royal Children’s Hospital for a while when I had my own office there for two years – just for the looks I got.
Ivory Ericofon – 1950’s
Bakelite Ivory coloured 400 series P (P for portable) 1930’s to 1950’s.
The metal handle across the top of the base slides out, and allows you to carry the phone around the room easily in one hand.
Bell RTT56 Copper and Brass telephone.
Made in Belgium, the copper telephone is incredibly beautiful to look at. It also had a Brass handle that lifts up that also makes it ‘portable’. Usually found in France or the UK.