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My Great-grandfathers Telephone
22-OCT-2008 Walter O. Koenig

My Great-grandfather's Telephone

This is the first telephone my family ever owned. It is over 90 years old and it may or may not be a Nokia. I don't know what brand it is.
Though not connected now, it still works. It was in regular use until the late 1980's.
It has features that no mobile phone has. For example, by cranking a handle on the right side it can generate its own current.
At 32lbs (14.5kg) it's not very mobile, but I am willing to bet it will outlast any mobile phone.
An image for this Thursday Challenge: "how to drown your nokia"

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Wintermeer24-Apr-2015 15:36
OMG, what a gem! A piece of art superbly captured- love the warm tone of the wooden casing! ~V~
Keith O'Brien20-Nov-2008 17:01
Fantastic piece of equipment, a real treasure - no fancy ringtones needed with this one! V
an nguyen30-Oct-2008 17:43
Ain't that great one to collect.. You have tones of fascinating stuff around , don't you??? Beautiful shot... BV
Flo Hendry24-Oct-2008 05:54
Nice shot of a one of the greatest inventions...glad to know it still works!.
Barbara Heide24-Oct-2008 01:02
lol! fantastic shot! love this telephone..
Pat Shawyer23-Oct-2008 21:00
I LOVE old telephones !! Well done Walter, and hope you like the new lens !
Carol Breton23-Oct-2008 12:24
A beautiful treasure Walter! V
FrankB23-Oct-2008 10:40're right...they don't make'm like they used to...interesting pic...V
Peter Sussex23-Oct-2008 08:02
Why do my high technology mobile last only one year or so? Excellent capture and subject. Take care of it for another hundred years Walter!
Dan Chusid23-Oct-2008 05:38
Don't use that while driving.
I hear they double the fine.

Gérard Koehl23-Oct-2008 04:47
Ce vieux téléphone est superbe et bien mis en valeur... V
Ulla Inkeri Huhta23-Oct-2008 04:34
Wow, we had one like that at home when I was a kid. In use... I´m not THAT old ;O)Might not have been the same model, but a Nokia.
And a great photo!
Sabine Stetson23-Oct-2008 04:27
wowww....phantastic image, good part - it did not ripp his pockets...
a phone alone was so special, when i grew up...few people could have envisioned what was to come.....great shot, walter!!!
bill friedlander23-Oct-2008 02:23
Love the tones of the wood. Looks like a lot of thought went into the design. V
vatorman23-Oct-2008 01:23
Great piece of history – built without obsolesces in mind.
LeeG23-Oct-2008 01:19 long term contracts or over charges!
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography23-Oct-2008 00:59
Good shot and nice gear, Vote :)
Chad Ramsey23-Oct-2008 00:59
LOL! Yea I'd like to see him lug that around in his pocket! :) Cretive idea for this excellent shot! V
Robin Reid23-Oct-2008 00:53
What a great relic to have in the family.
Ken Chambers ARPS23-Oct-2008 00:51
With the dial, it must have been very 'high tech' for it's day. ...v
Kathryn22-Oct-2008 23:36
Very 'Blithe Spirit' ... Wonderful.
Jola Dziubinska22-Oct-2008 23:31
Wonderful piece of old technique, hope you're not going to drown it :)
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