Black Princess Phone, Rotary Dial, Authentic, Vintage

It's Little...It's Lovely...It Lights

That was the original slogan and it was a good one. I love rotary phones. I like to buy all kinds of old things to see if I can make them work again, phones, radios, clocks and watches and I can't resist a princess phone. I hit the jackpot. It works already and there is not another original black princess phone with a rotary dial offered on the internet. There are plenty of re-pros.

This was designed by Henry Dryfuss at a time when people were starting to add a second, bedroom phone to their homes, in the early 60's. (We still had a party line in the 60's). People wanted a bedroom phone, so it is small enough to fit on a bedside stand and it wasn't made in the standard black at first. The pale colors were meant to match a bedroom color scheme.

It was initially available in standard phone colors except black, which was added in 1963. Legend has it that black was added when Jackie Kennedy wanted one for the White House. This was not Jackie's phone. This one has a 312 area code. (That's right, the original Chicago area code).

It works!! You can make calls and the ringer works, a real bell!! Made by Bell Labs & Western Electric. It measures 8-1/4" across by 3-3/4" in width by 4" tall. I know the connection looks at bit odd. My engineer husband wired it up (someone had just cut the cord) so I could test it. He claims that he can just take it apart and re-wire it from the inside so it looks better. I'm sure he can, but he says a lot of things and then he runs into his man-cave and watches the Cardinals on TV. You might be better off doing it yourself.

It's in pretty good shape, considering the age and use. I don't think the dial lights up. Someone used a pen to dial. (You were to use the other end of the pen to save your nails, remember?) It has some surface marks and could use some more cleaning, but it looks good, the black plastic doesn't show much of that, those white spots are just dust.

The princess phone, the epitome of 60's & 70's glamour!! I will also be offering a slightly later model, the touch tone model, also pink, I just need to finish fixing it. The Princess phone initially became known as the "three handed phone," requiring one hand to dial, one hand to hold the handset, and one hand to hold the phone in place while dialing. The weight was unevenly distributed, because the network was on one end of the phone, and the other side was totally empty. This made the Princess phone very prone to scooting around while the user tried to dial. Ultimately, the heavier touch-tone models made this problem a non-issue. However, the problem of knocking the handset off the cradle always remained, and this caused some people to hate the Princess phone forever. However, the Princess phone remains one of the most beloved telephone designs of all time.

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