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Love It or Hate It? Rotary Phones

I remember using a rotary phone at my grandmother's when I was a little kid; in fact, I'm pretty sure she still has one in her home! Now that we're all fully loaded with cell phones, BlackBerrys, iPhones, and the like, I'm feeling a little nostalgic for the look, and the ritual, of dialing a rotary phone. Plus, they look so much better than your standard cordless.

You can snap up a cute Crosley Kitchen Phone ($54) at Urban Outfitters, but it's a push-button phone, not a rotary dialer. For the real deal, check your local flea market.

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ctryan25 ctryan25 6 years
this story inspired me to go out and buy a rotary phone for my apartment. love the idea!
esmerb esmerb 6 years
I love the vintage feel of these phones!
PLEASE-CANCEL PLEASE-CANCEL 6 years
I love these phones - they're timeless and really lend a stately feel to a room. I used to have an old one that didn't work that I simply used as a prop in my living room.
luna08 luna08 6 years
My grandparents had these, I can remember my grandmother using a pencil to dial so she didn't ruin her manicure! :)
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 6 years
I love rotary phones, we have one in our house. One thing I never understood though, when you need the emergency services - 999 (UK) it's the number that takes the longest to dial. Not very good if something is urgent and you're waiting for the dial to spin back round before you can turn round from 9 again!At least in the US you have just one 9 and then two 1's- much quicker!When I get my own house, I definitely want one in the entrance hall, on a table with cut flowers next to it :)
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 6 years
I love rotary phones, we have one in our house. One thing I never understood though, when you need the emergency services - 999 (UK) it's the number that takes the longest to dial. Not very good if something is urgent and you're waiting for the dial to spin back round before you can turn round from 9 again! At least in the US you have just one 9 and then two 1's- much quicker! When I get my own house, I definitely want one in the entrance hall, on a table with cut flowers next to it :)
JoneyStar JoneyStar 6 years
I used to have one in back in the day. I was living in the old fully furnished apartment that looked as if you stepped back into the 60's when you walked in the door. It had a rotary phone and I had at that time bought a retro rotary phone from Target. The only problem is that when they ring they are loud as heck. So I opted for something different before I had a heart attack.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 6 years
I love these phones and want one of my own.
pinkpeonygirl pinkpeonygirl 6 years
Ha, I also make patterns with the numeral board on my keyboard for my passwords and stuff. It's indeed a visual thing. I love the thought of the rotary phone, makes me a little nostalgic, but I don't think I actually would like to work with them again. But I LOVE push button phones.
pinkpeonygirl pinkpeonygirl 6 years
Ha, I also make patterns with the numeral board on my keyboard for my passwords and stuff. It's indeed a visual thing.I love the thought of the rotary phone, makes me a little nostalgic, but I don't think I actually would like to work with them again. But I LOVE push button phones.
charlotteannette charlotteannette 6 years
When I try to use these phones, its hard for me to remember people's numbers because I am such a visual person I remember the pattern I dial. So once I actually had to draw out a normal phone on a piece of paper to be able to dial out on a rotary!
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