Did you grow up with a rotary dial phone? I did, and frankly, I miss it. Cell phones are convenient as heck, but they're so SMALL that you can't tuck it between cheek and shoulder without pushing all the buttons at once and disconnecting your call. And there's something very satisfactory about whipping that dial around.
So I was thrilled when I ran across Small Bell, a unique store that refurbishes rotary phones. Matt Payne got interested in phones initially because his mother worked for the phone company for many years. Then as these sorts of things usually happen, randomness put his interest into motion.
Matt says, " My girlfriend and I were wandering through our local salvage shop and I found a complete, green Western Electric 500. I bought it on a whim, and soon started snatching up all the phones I could lay my hands on. I work as a technician in the performing arts, so I'm already handy with electronics, so learning to work on the phones comes naturally to me. I love these phones so very much, and it brings me a lot of joy to bring them back to life."
Right now he has a great selection in his shop (I have my eye on this one), but Matt says if you have a favorite rotary phone that you want to bring back to life, contact him and he'll work with you to make it happen. And if you're in the theater biz, and want to rent a phone for a play or other production (he can make them ring at the flip of a switch from back stage), give him a shout.
This is such a great way to recycle and bring some of that "back in the day" vibe into your home! Check out his shop at www.smallbell.etsy.com.
And a post about phones wouldn't quite be complete without a bit from Geraldine, the consummate telephone operator! Enjoy!