Rotary dial telephones (which are now considered 'vintage') were the norm in my childhood, crackly telephone lines were common, and forget 'smart phones', mobile phones were non existent.
In a few short decades, with the recent introduction of internet (VoIP) calls, and the ability to obtain a SIM card for a mobile phone for as little as $2, is it any wonder that the home telephone line is becoming obsolete?
I had a conversation with a friend of mine recently that has obtained a home telephone line for her new home, she mentioned she'd like to get a rotary dial phone for it. I had to break it to her that the times I have found rotary dial telephones on thrifty escapades, which is a rarity, they have not come at a thrifty price. Despite the downturn in home telephone lines, it appears the chunky dial rotary is in demand, more-so for a decorative piece than to be used to talk with.
I've searched for a few rotary dial telephones on the usual second-hand trading websites, and find prices range from $25 to well over $300 depending on the style and era.
Some fine examples of dial telephones in all their rotary glory:
Rotary Dial Blue Telephone
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Vintage 1969 Yellow Rotary Dial Telephone
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Cherry Red Rotary Dial Telephone
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Vintage Chocolate Brown Donut Rotary Dial Telephone
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Interestingly, it appears some rotary dial telephones have also experienced somewhat of an upcycle manifestation too:
Vintage Rotary Telephone Lamp
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Amazonia Glitzed Upcycled Rotary Telephone (working)
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Josephine Baker Glitzed Rotary Dial Telephone (working)
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Readers, do you recall using the rotary dial telephone prior to the existence of mobile phones? Do you embrace the use of a rotary dial telephone as a decorative piece? Have you had success in finding a rotary dial telephone during your thrift store or opportunity shop travels?