Saturday, 20 February 2016

what would Freud say

in 2013 while in the UK and pottering around an antiques barn I found Agatha.
silent Agatha

Agatha is a candlestick phone circa 1890 - 1940, and she has brought a certain je ne sais quoi to my living room.  She sits quietly in the corner unable to speak as she hasn't worked in awhile.

A week ago I found Clara, a beautiful 1930 - 1950 Bakelite phone.  Its like all my Christmases have come at once... and the best thing is that Clara works!
although son no 2 thinks that while aesthetically pleasing, functionality is zero..
I have plugged her in and have been using her for the last few days.  Her ring is loud, clear and quite musical.  I can hear the caller but on the other end, the caller cant quite hear me that well.  My sister said I sounded like I was calling from a tunnel.

Clara the chatterbox

the best part is that I also found someone who can repair old phones, so Agatha may just find her voice again....

I wonder though what collecting old phones says about me ...a need for communication perhaps...
and the fact that I name the phones....


  1. I think Freud would be very impressed with your phones, as am I. As a child we had a green one, I loved dialling and watching the pace at which the numbers came round. Trend on my friend xxx