I have set this site up to display photographs on the British Vintage Telephones that I collect, like the lovely old ivory 312 1950's Bakelite telephone that you can see in the photograph below.
I will build this site up with more photographs of my telephone collection as I get the chance. (Please call back and visit from time to time).
British Bakelite Telephones are probably the most sought after Telephones ever produced. These old Telephones were produced in the UK between 1931 and 1960. During this period several beautiful Bakelite Telephone models were introduced into service in the UK by the GPO.
In good condition and fully restored to their former glory these vintage telephones are in great demand by both telephone collectors and people who appreciate the classic nature of these iconic old phones.
If they have been correctly converted and serviced these old telephones still work today on a modern telephone line. If the microphone has been replaced with a modern electronic version these old telephones are as good if not better than a modern phone.
One of the real joys of owning one of these telephones is the sound the bells make when someone rings you. Modern telephone electronics can not match this beautiful mechanical sound.
I intend to build a comprehensive collection of all types of telephone antiques produced in the UK. I collect old vintage telephones from the early 1900's mostly 1940's and 1950's. However the later Retro telephones from the 1970's to the mid 1980's such as the model known as the 746 Telephones are now also very collectable.
A large proportion of these old phones were made for the GPO, hence they were often known as GPO Telephones. However some of these vintage telephones were made for use by internal telephone companies such as ATM and used in offices, and Banks etc. These British Internal Office Bakelite telephones were made to the same design and to the same exacting standards. Only the dials on the ATM Bakelite phones were made to a different design. The case and the rest of internals were exactly the same.
Old Telephones may appear to be a strange thing to collect, however more and more people are falling in love with these classic old style Black Bakelite 1950's phones. Some people buy them simply because the old Bakelite Phones are "Art Deco", others because these vintage phones are from a different era and are vastly different in many ways to modern phones, particularly in quality. I believe these old telephones are worth collecting because they are truly classic icons of a very memorable point in UK history, where British was best.
I will put more photographs of my old telephone collection and telephone antiques on this page as soon as I can find the time.
For now I have included a number of links below that relate to Old British Telephones, so please feel free to have a look and see if you agree with me about the classic nature of these phones.
If you find any useful websites relating to British Bakelite telephones, or old BT telephones (before 1980) in general please let me know and I will add them to this old phone information page.
Similarly if you have an good picture of Retro telephones (made in the UK) please send them to me.
The Telephone above is a rare 332 Red Bakelite telephone. The standard colour for all old GPO/BT telephones before 1960 was Black.