When one thinks of an antique telephone, the image of an old crank wall phone generally comes to mind. Since its invention in 1876 the telephone evolved along with the technology of the time. Not only was there an evolution in the instruments but many different manufacturers produced various styles and a certain uniqueness to their wall and desk telephones from A.G. Bell's first liquid telephone to modern "smart" phones. The uniqueness of the old telephones has become very attractive and many people have found these to be interesting collectable's. The pages on this site will provide links to the history of the telephone and the histories of a number of current telephone companies. In addition, information about antique telephones, wiring diagrams, where to obtain parts and the Antique Telephone Collectors Association is provided.. 

Several "how-to" articles on wiring payphones to work, building a test cable and wiring any phone to work with TT have been added here.


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Like old phones? There might be a telephone show at a town near you. Check out the Antique Telephone Collectors Association website for upcoming telephone shows on the events page










is the Western Electric A1 desk phone

This is the first desk phone of the Bell System that had a complete one piece handset c1927-28. This phone had a short run prior to introducing the "202" common round based B1 and the oval based D1 which were prevelant throughout the 1930's.

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There are several telephone enthusiast clubs where members can share experiences and information.




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