Wonderful Pieces of Technology - Collectible Telephones
They have been the pride and joy of many-a-collector over the years. These wonderful pieces of technology have helped reduce distances on the planet and bring people closer. In the day of wireless communication, collectible phones bring back some fond memories of times that were path breaking in their own right. Whether it is old telephones or famous ones, collectible telephones will always be right up there with other forms of technology collectibles.
Whether it is the phone Alexander Graham Bell used for the first time or the first model that ran without electrical connections, collectible telephones have been at the cutting edge of science & communication. When beginning you collection, you need to decide where you would like to begin because with the variety, models and technology over the years, there would easily be millions of variations of collectible telephones that you can get your hands on.
Usually, people who are interested in collectible telephones prefer to look at the era of technology. For e.g. the first phones were made, between 1876 and 1900, of wood, quite expensive and very uncommon. Wood became a popular material towards the early 20th century however this time ‘round it was cheaper and produced in huge numbers.
Towards the latter part of the 19th century and in the beginning of the 20th century, Candlestick phones became quite popular. With the mouth piece on a candlestick-like structure and a separate earpiece connected with a thread, this phone was considered a marvel in design and is one of the more sought-after collectible telephones today. Made with nickel-brass fittings, these phones were luxury items in those days, soon to become mass-produced models as well.
With time, different materials had come into the fray and in many cases, people choose these materials as the basis of their collection. Plastic, metal, wood, Bakelite and precious metals have been used over the years in the manufacture of collectible telephones.
Going be the genre, you can also look at adding payphones to your collectible telephone collection. You may not necessarily need to add an entire phone booth to your display case, unless you have a large enough space and budget to do so, as simply the instrument will do well enough.
There have been a number of novelty phones, theme-based phones and other formats of collectible telephones that have seen the light of day over the decades. These are wonderful items that are valuable to any collector.
Most of these phones, if restored, can still be used in most formats. Some of them can even have their internal organs replaced with more modern versions so as to use them with the modern-day digital lines. However, true collectors choose to keep them in their original form, giving them the space and time needed to bask in their own glory and appreciate in value.
The condition of these collectible telephones is an aspect to look out for when looking for telephones for your collection. At times, the internal parts of the telephone may have been replaced by fake or modern parts, lowering the value of the phone. When buying a collectible telephone, it is imperative that you look at the condition, the parts, the attractiveness, the completeness and the functionality of the collectible telephone before you go in for the purchase.
The Internet has many sellers who are known for their collections of collectible telephones. These items can be slightly on the expensive side and auctions, online or live, are great places to buy some fine telephones. If you are worried about authenticity over the Internet, look at going to antique stores, or better still, flea markets. You are bound to get some good models at great prices in flea markets while garage sales may also throw up the occasional bargain.
While the hobby may not be quite popular for the budget that one may require, there is no doubt that the number of options and variety that the hobbyist has, is unmatched when compared to others. With wonderful designs and incredible stories, your display shelves will light up with the introduction of collectible telephones.