This June my desk calendar’s picture is an old advertisement for a 1959 Princess Telephone. The phone is that unique shade of turquoise that was so popular in the 1950s. Tres chic!
I have no personal recollection of Princess Telephones [Model 702]. We didn’t have one in our home. Instead, we had a basic white rotary dial Desk Telephone [Model 500] in the kitchen + a yellow Trimline Telephone [Model 220] in my upstairs bedroom.
Yes, we were early adopters with two phones in our small house. Try not to be jealous.
Even though the following short TV commercial is from the 1950s, I can’t help feeling that I, too, was just as much of a princess as this girl. I mean, I had a “personal extension phone” in my upstairs bedroom.
On the other hand, I didn’t have a dressing table adorned with bottles of nail polish and a French poodle figurine… nor was I ever inclined to wear bobby socks with a skirt… nor, after years of painful orthodontia, were my teeth as crooked as the girl’s teeth in this commercial…
But other than that, I was just like her. Yakking on the phone. Up in my bedroom. In my own little teenage world. 😉
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So how about you?
Did you have a Princess Telephone? Or a Trimline Telephone?
Or some other sort of phone entirely?
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[For photos and descriptions of models mentioned above please go here: Western Electric ~ A look at the evolution of the Dial Telephone.]
[FYI – Phone numbers used to be recited with words at the beginning. Here’s a chart to help you remember, or understand, what those words meant: Ma Bell’s Officially Recommended Exchange Names.]