5 Responses to “ONE RINGY DINGY…”

  1. Allee Willis

    Nothing as gorgeous as old phones. I love each and every one of them though my favorites are all ones that I’ve owned, my most favorite being the round white one on the middle shelf. This used to be my primary living room phone.

    I still have a bright orange Rotary phone like the one in the bottom right corner. My friend, Pamela Des Barres, gave it to me still in the original box for my birthday one year.

    I also have the yellow loop phone.

    The turquoise Princess phone was my phone as a teenager when I lived on Sorrento and Curtis in Detroit. In 1991 on a trip back there with another friend of mine who was from Detroit we drove past. There was a man standing out from watering the lawn. I told him I used to live there and started describing the house to him. He was very nice and told me that he had bought the house from my father (in 1964). Despite me literally getting down on my knees and begging him to let me in he said the house was too messy and he wouldn’t let me in. As I got into the car I looked up in my bedroom and told him I was very happy to see that the original Steelcase windows were still on the house. As we pulled away he said to me, “your turquoise phone is still in the bedroom.” I pleaded like the child who I’d been in that room but he still wouldn’t let me in. Not only knows what was really going on in the house but I would’ve paid him anything for that phone. That was one of the hardest things to walk away from that I couldn’t talk someone into selling me.

    I AM ECSTATIC TO REPORT THAT TODAY, YES TODAY, I KNOCKED ON THE DOOR AGAIN AND HE LET ME IN!!! The phone was gone but the house was exactly the same. It was my first time back in 46 years!!!!!! Videoed extensively.

    • BeeJay

      Omg Allee, that´s just awesome!!! How did it feel to be back in the house? I´m someone who has very strong nostalgic feelings to the 2 houses I grew up in. As my parents sold our house after all the kids had left I cried bitter tears, I felt like someone died. Once I was ringing at the house we first lived, but those peeps were very strange and won´t let me in. Possibly they thought I was the strange one, lol
      Funny is that from all the phones above I would pick the turquoise one, I like this one the most. What bummer he didn´t sell the phone to you, from what I´ve read it totally belongs to you.

  2. denny

    You had me on the edge of my seat reading this. Such a great ending on this commentary. I absolutely love stories like this. I made a little trip to the house my Mom grew up in and the current owner let me in right away. It was such an amazing experience. Seeing the look on my mothers face was priceless. I wish I was there to see the look on your face.

    Hope you are having a blast and can’t wait to see some video footage.

  3. Lisa Rios

    My entire life I’ve always wanted a phone like the yellow sculptural one. I still covet that phone to this day.

    Allee- What a story! So happy to hear he let you in. Looking forward to seeing the video. If, in fact, it will be a public thing. And, I’m sorry to hear he ditched your turquoise phone. There are 2 houses from my childhood I’d like to get back too some day.