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This awesome Art Deco style phone was designed in 1936 and produced until 1954. This particular one was made on 8-30-1948 and is marked as such on the voice hardware insert. If you were around in the 40’s or 50’s, this is just a plain old telephone you and everyone else had. Watch some old TV shows, like I Love Lucy. This is the phone they used and collectors even refer to this model as “The Lucy Phone”. It has a very distinctive ring you would recognize if you ever watch old movies or TV shows. Pick up the handset and you can almost hear Ethel calling!

The 302 was the first telephone containing all of its circuitry within the base and not requiring a separately mounted subset box for the ringer. It was designed by famous industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss (1904-1972), who also designed John Deere tractors, Hoover vacuum cleaners, and those incredibly cool looking streamlined trains of the era.

This phone is in excellent condition overall. The F1 model handset is solid and heavy and made of Bakelite. I love the design with it's curved backbone. It just has so much character! It does have some vintage wear right where you grip the phone, but there is no damage to it. It’s just not as shiny and glossy as the ends and shows its vintage character. The underside of the handset is marked Northern Electric Company Limited, Patented 1922 1923 R0 1935, F1 and Made in Canada. It is the same as the Western Electric 302 phone manufactured in the United States.

The high gloss black base is made of thermoplastic and it is in very good condition! If you look from side to side under the right light with your nose up to it, you can see tiny scratches scattered about, but from a few feet away looking at it on the desk, it is just beautiful! It was clearly never knocked about. If I were to keep it, I might use some Plastx from Meguires and polish those little scratches right out. The beautiful sloping curve of the base, widening out to stand firmly on the desk is so elegant and classic.

The black finger dial and the stop are made of nice solid metal. It works very smoothly, rewinds nice and slowly as it should and makes a wonderful vintage dialing sound. I forgot how much I like that sound! There is some normal black paint loss on the finger dial and on the stop which is to be expected from over 60 years! The white face with black numbers is also made of metal and there is no significant wear to the digits, which are clear and crisp looking and that is rare. The only thing of note missing is the circular piece in the middle of the finger dial that would read "Please wait for Dialtone". Those are available for purchase as replacement items on the internet, new or used.

I do not know if the handset cord is original, but it is intact and looks perfectly solid with no notable wear. The wall cord still has the original four prong plug and is in excellent condition.

The underside of the phone base is all metal and is shiny and spotless. All four rubber feet are intact and in perfect condition as well.

I am not able to test this phone, but I would be shocked if it turned out to have any problems. These things were built to last forever. So far, so good!

Brrriiiiing! Hello? Oh, Hi Ethel! Sure, come on over! I’ve got a new phone to show you! :)

House of Awesome Item #1055

Vintage 1948 Art Deco Desktop Telephone 302 by Northern Electric - The Lucy Phone

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: Bakelite, Plastic, Steel, Metal, Copper
  • Only ships to United States from Oregon, United States.
  • Feedback: 30 reviews
  • Favorited by: 47 people