Saturday, 12 July 2008

I Just Called To Say...

On my trip along the Lower High Street (sorry, High Street West End!) I discovered this little gem of a shop selling nothing but telephones. None of these modern digital phones though, it was filled with phones from the past. Retro phones from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Phones that look like Mickey Mouse and Kermit The Frog. Phones that belonged in country houses during the 1920's. Name a style and it was there! But, in true Marley style, I wasn't brave enough to ask the owner if I could take some photos. Pathetic, I know. So the shop sign will have to do. I can't quite believe the claim on the sign 'As used by Royalty and the Gentry'. I can't really imagine The Queen popping down Cheltenham's Lower High Street to buy an R2-D2 phone!

Yesterday I was given an award by D.C Confidential, which I am very grateful for. I'm going to use the weekend to ponder who to pass it on to. I'll post the winners on Monday.

12 comments:

Neva said...

It is amazing how much nerve it takes to ask to take a photo doesn't it? I don't ask either and feel uncomfortable in some instances even snapping shots! but I like this one!

Abraham Lincoln said...

Thank you, Marley, for all your visits and comments. I hope to feel better soon and get back to normal.

The shop sign must do the job as the business is still in business. Maybe the royal thing is for tourists. It might be the most photographed sign in your neighborhood.

Ming the Merciless said...

I just gave up my home phone line recently because nobody ever calls me on it except my parents. Everyone else calls me on my cell (mobile) phone.

So I decided to get a spiffy new cell phone with everything on it and cancel the home line.

Hilda said...

"As used by royalty and the gentry" I think refers to the phone on the sign, not an R2-D2 phone. ;D But I have a friend who'd love that R2-D2 one!

I think I would've loved that shop! I like old, quirky everyday things. Some things on my list to eventually buy: telephone, typewriting, Singer sewing machine. ;)

Hilda said...

Oops, make that "typewriter." ;)

Hyde DP said...

hilda I always mistype em as tripewriters - not so easy to go back and correct

anyhow I saw the thumbnail on the portal first and thought it was a pub sign (maybe offering Theakston's) but as a shop sign it is much more interesting - maybe for me more interesting than a photo of the shop might have been.

magiceye said...

aah the good old days when all that you could do on the phone was phone!

Rambling Round said...

I guess old telephones have become "conversation pieces!"

Murphy_jay said...

What a cute shop!

You certainly find any similar shop over here where phone shops are only selling Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung etc..

D.C. Confidential said...

That is a TOTALLY cool sign! I love the "As used by Royalty and Gentry" part. Bespeaks a bygone era. My sister has an old, 1930s era telephone in her house. When I'm at her house and it rings, I answer it (with her permission, of course) and say, "Janeen and Phillip's really cool phone."

If I ever make it to Cheltenham, this shop is on my list of "to see."

babooshka said...

My beer goggles saw pub sign This so much better. A phone shop. for old phones. Now that is a find. I demand you go back and take some piccies! Go on you know you want too.

brian said...

i need this sign for my billiard room! i love the retro phones too, i have one old one that came out of a hotel... i'll post it this week =)

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