Dial up a different time

For those who remember a time when phones were big, dialing took work, and ring tones never featured Justin Bieber, a weekend auction may provide a welcome trip down memory lane.

Auctioneer Linda Baggaley of Bud Haynes Auctions shows off some of the hundreds of phones going on the auction block. The collection features many antique models as well as children’s phones and toys.

Auctioneer Linda Baggaley of Bud Haynes Auctions shows off some of the hundreds of phones going on the auction block. The collection features many antique models as well as children’s phones and toys.

For those who remember a time when phones were big, dialing took work, and ring tones never featured Justin Bieber, a weekend auction may provide a welcome trip down memory lane.

About 140 telephones, some dating back more than a century, are going on the auction block at Red Deer’s Bud Haynes Auction.

This tour through telephone history comes courtesy of collector David Anderson, of St. Paul, who is putting 30 years of telephone gathering up for sale to the highest bidder.

His collection provides a fascinating glimpse of our love affair with phone chatting.

Dozens of candlestick phones — those tall, thin phones with a separate speaker that show up in the occasional old movie — are up for sale.

Other phones boast elaborate designs and show that there was a time when a phone was a relative rarity and a costly addition to any home.

Bud Haynes Auction president Linda Baggaley said the expense of using a phone may have been the inspiration behind one of the rarest pieces Anderson collected, a walnut candlestick vanity-style telephone desk with a matching stool.

The desk features a delicately carved box where you could safely stow your phone out of sight, and perhaps reduce the number of times someone asked, “Do you mind if I use your phone?”

Another gem in Anderson’s collection is one of the earliest desk phones, an 1885 Eiffel Tower model produced by L.M. Ericsson.

The phone, which has legs that look a little like those on its namesake landmark, is worth about $2,000.

Baggaley said it is the biggest phone auction they’ve had in a dozen years.

The collection has numerous versions of the earliest wall-mounted long box phones with hand cranks to groovy examples of phone design from the 1960s and ’70s.

The best part of this collection is its diversity, she said. Collections that usually surface involve a certain style of phone.

“But you don’t have the variety in the years and not the different stages of phones.”

Some of the pieces look impractical enough to bring a smile. Take the Hush-A-Phone for example.

This unwieldy contraption about the size of a can of tennis balls was meant to fit over the mouthpiece of the old-style candlestick phone to allow for private conversations.

The auction goes at Bud Haynes at 7429 49th Ave. on Saturday.

Previews begin at 9 a.m. and the auction starts at 11 a.m.

pcowley@bprda.wpengine.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Advocate file photo).
RDC wins two national awards for environmental initiatives

Clean50 and LEED awards were received for innovative, green projects

Collaborators on the multi-generational planning at Diamond Willow Estates subdivision, just off of Hwy. 752, met at a showhome to go over their work. (From left to right) Realtor Lynn MacDonald, SAIT architecture students, Kenna Wessner and Chungha Kim, co-developer Anita Bauer and sustainability consultant Brit Wacher. (Photo contributed)
Multi-generation housing an option in county subdivision

Lots now available in new Clearwater County subdivision

The Edmonton Oilers 50/50 raffle from Friday raised $396,135 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, including the house in Red Deer. (Supplied photo)
Oilers 50/50 helps support Ronald McDonald House in Red Deer

With the Edmonton Oilers picking up a big 4-1 win over the… Continue reading

Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak with 10 or more active cases. ( File photo by Advocate Staff)
COVID-19 impacting Red Deer schools

Education minister says 99.6 per cent of students and staff remain in school in Alberta

Sylvan Lake product Carter Graf is having a strong second season at North Carolina State University representing the Wolfpack in NCAA Div. 1 men’s golf. (Photo courtesy of NC State Athletics)
Sylvan Lake’s Carter Graf finding success in second season at NC State

Carter Graf and the North Carolina State Wolfpack have been scorching hot… Continue reading

A vial of the Medicago vaccine sits on a surface. CARe Clinic, located in Red Deer, has been selected to participate in the third phase of vaccine study. (Photo courtesy www.medicago.com)
Red Deer clinical research centre participating in plant-based COVID-19 vaccine trial

A Red Deer research centre has been selected to participate in the… Continue reading

A Quebec Superior Court justice is set to issue a ruling Tuesday on the constitutionality of the province’s secularism law, known as Bill 21. People hold up signs during a demonstration against Bill 21 in Montreal, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Quebec court upholds most of province’s secularism law, exempts English school boards

MONTREAL — Quebec’s secularism law is largely legal, a Superior Court judge… Continue reading

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth speaks during a press conference at the legislature in Victoria, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. The British Columbia government is providing a few more details about travel restrictions aimed at limiting movement around the province to slow the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Periodic roadblocks but no individual stops planned for B.C.’s COVID-19 travel rules

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government is looking at using periodic roadblocks… Continue reading

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joined virtually by Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland as they talk online to a group of front-line pharmacists from across the country to discuss the ongoing vaccination efforts in the fight against COVID‑19, from the Prime Ministers office on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Provinces balk at Liberals’ child-care budget pledge as funding negotiations loom

OTTAWA — Multiple provincial governments are questioning the Liberals’ promise of a… Continue reading

Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges empty vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that she has provided to customers at the Junction Chemist, an independent pharmacy in Toronto, Monday, April 19, 2021. Younger Canadians in several provinces are now able to get the AstraZeneca vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Trudeau, Freeland seeking AstraZeneca shots as they become age-eligible with others

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland… Continue reading

The Rogers Logo is photographed on a Toronto office on Monday, September 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
Rogers says wireless service fully restored but questions remain after massive outage

A massive countrywide wireless outage that left millions of Rogers Communications Inc.… Continue reading

sign
Alberta Biobord Corp. recently hosted a virtual open house from Stettler

The company plans to develop a fuel pellet and medium density fibre board (MDF) plant near the community

The controversial Super League is materializing after Madrid and 11 other clubs announced its creation on Sunday. (File photo by BLACK PRESS)
Super League a ‘longtime dream’ for Madrid president Pérez

League created because coronavirus pandemic left clubs in a dire financial situation

San Jose Sharks centre Patrick Marleau (12) skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, in San Jose, Calif., Monday, March 29, 2021. Marleau is skating in his 1,757th game. Only one other player in NHL history has hit that mark. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Tony Avelar
Patrick Marleau set to break Gordie Howe’s record for most NHL games played

Marleau was set to suit up for the 1,768th time Monday

Most Read