I remember quite vividly the rotary phone we used to have in my childhood home. It was a shade of green that could only have come out of the late 70â€™s and it hung high up on the wall (well, high for six-year old me). I always thought of it as a toy, and today it would certainly look like one in comparison to the electro gadget I have now. But as more of us cease having a land line altogether, thereâ€™s something fun in the idea of having a rotary phone as a land line again. Rotaries could not look more nostalgic and usher back in the concept of having a â€œphone areaâ€â€”a place actually intended for sitting and chatting. There are some great rotary phones still floating around out there (whether your place has a 4 prong jack is an entirely separate issue!). Here are a few:
This orange monster would have been just the sort parents gave their kids for their own bedroom lines. $50 on Etsy.
I think Iâ€™d go through the hassle of having Time Warner install a 4 prong jack in my place just so I could use this pretty pink number. $75 on Etsy.
The rotary dial is on the bottom. Not sure it gets much cooler than this. $90 on Etsy.
This French-style vintage phone from Western Electric is as dainty as all get out. Starting bid of $14.99 on eBay.
Is it a phone? Is it a donut? Why, itâ€™s both! Starting bid of $9.99 on Ebay (search for ‘donut phone’ for other colors and auctions).
For those that want the look of a rotary without the added effort (cheaters), Crosley carries a whole line of modern adaptations, like this red one for $49.90 on Amazon.