Sunday, 4 May 2008

Ring ring! + other Sunday stuff

It's such a shame people don't have home phones anymore. Sure, mobile ones are very practical and all that, but when do they ever look this cool?



I found the phone at the flea market today, and in my post-champagne party shakiness I didn't even think twice about buying it just because it just looks so wonderful. What makes the phone super special is the text on it, which means "The State's Railways", the company that my mother worked for in the 1970s.


I also bought these two framed pictures, for 3 euros each. They seem really old to me, and I think the frames are made of some kind of paper mass. The portraits are beautiful too. The green glasses are actually mustard containers. My mom told me that back in the good old days mustard was sold in these types of jars, and afterwards the jars were used as drinking glasses. I got all three for 80 cents.

Next, old Georgian tea containers.

And last but not least, this beautiful chair that me and Minni found abandoned at the junk yard.

5 comments:

princessmillatwoshoes said...

Oh I have that same blue tea jar! And so does my friend Kristiina! Georgia must have been a serious tea-importer back in the day.
Rotatory phones were the best. Where we live in the States, people still use land-lines cos a) the hippies are against the cell towers and thus far they've won every vote about it, and b) local calls are free from landlines. So the dream lives on, maybe I'll acquire a pretty one like yours and dial all my calls with painstaking care and in due time...

puf! said...

i think that's a shame, too... i'd love especially pink phones ... <3
but this one is stylish either

s.

T said...

How much was that chai tin? They sell those at the Ismailovsky antique market starting at $4.

The Waves said...

princessmillatwoshoes: I see these types of tea jars a lot at local flea markets, but a lot of times they are in really bad condition so I haven't bought them until now...

Over here landlines are really rare these days. When I was little we had a really cool burgundy colour rotatory phone which is now my brother's. He just uses it as a decorative element though. You should definitely take the most out of having a landline if you have the chance!

puf!: my dad used to have a great deep red phone, but pink, now that would be something else!

t: I got the tins for 40 cents each. $4 sounds a bit much...

Anonymous said...

That is such a beautiful phone...I am really surprised that cell phones are replacing land-line phones to such an extent in your native land, Waves! Most people here in the States still have a 'home phone', as I call it, and a cell...I work for one of the big telephone companies over here, and we are, though, seeing a fair number of people getting rid of their home phone...especially when they move, they give up the home phone, and just go cellular. But I would bet 95 percent of the homes in my area still have the home phone. But back to that phone...one of my favorite words, and I don't know why, is 'bakelite'...which I bet you know is the synthetic plastic that many phones were made of in the era your phone is from. I just always thought that sounded so perfect for these art deco-ish phones....of course they would be made out of that exotic sounding material, 'bakelite'! :) I love watching old movies--from just a generation or so older than the period of your phone--when the characters would call and reach the swicthboard, and the operator would be so polite, and beautifully dresssed, as they skillfully made the caller's connection. It was so amazing back then when there were people performing every little task for you...you pull up to a gas station--here in the states anyways, even into the 1950's in some places--and a team of uniformed attendents would race out...one would check your tire pressure, another would wash your windscreen, a third would check your oil, and another would pump your gas. Automation has changed things, and put soo many people out of work (though of course I am totally spoiled and totally used to the luxuries that would seem out of a science fiction novel, those 50 years ago). OH! Forgive me, I am rambling probably worse than ever!! :) I'll just say that you find such treasures at your markets, Waves...I love the beautiful portraits. OH!! I am going to carry on just for another moment...Waves, I sooo loved Jozsef Rippl-Ronai!!! I had never seen his work, but I checked out the pictures you mentioned, and they were breathtaking!! I wanted to know the Shivering Girl, and the Woman with her Chinese Cup! I absolutely am in awe of the Lady Agnew's beauty, but I would rather go to a dance hall with the Shivering Girl! :) Thank you for the recommendations!! OK, now I am done, farewell!! :) Chris R.