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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Can we talk.....Telephone STANDS?






I have been searching for this EXACT Telephone Stand for 4 years..
it is the exact one my Nanny had in her hallway when I was a Teen.
My Nanny and Grandpere had it in the hallway as it was in the middle of the house
so we could access the phone halfway from the front door and kitchen..
In those days, you were pretty lucky to have a phone, there was no such things
as everyone with their own CELL as today...

I so remember party lines, if I was to call anyone, I was instructed to say 
"excuse me, can I make a call or can you tell me how long you will be"
of course all in French...


The shelf underneath was for the YELLOW phone book, and on top was the 
kettle phone and pad and paper to make notes or copy a number..

This one is possibly made from Walnut and from the 1930's- 1950's.
Nearly all of my Nanny's friends had them in their home too so they 
must have been massed produced. 

This one is only 30 inches tall and 18 x15 inches wide...
the chair is only 24 inches tall and  12 x 13 inches seat..
( the chair can be pushed under the stand perfectly) 

As I still use LAND LINE phones and own a kettle phone like the one
above, this will be a perfect addition to my studio....
I usually sit on the floor when I grab the phone upstairs...
David always laughs at me, as we have so many things to sit on
I would always note..." I need a telephone stand"
Well now I have one..

I cannot tell you how much this find means to me...
Like I captured part of my past again to only embrace it completely
today. I will enjoy sanding and stripping this beauty
and bringing it into this century... I am going to match it with my Yellow Gingham chair.

Funny enough some of you may never have heard of these..
And most of our children and future grandchildren won't even remember
desk phones... forget about Telephone stands or Gossip benches...

Most will never know what the YELLOW phone book was..
I remember when little it was something to boost my seat while
watching my Nanny making pastry. It was a step ladder when I needed
to reach something in the linen closet...
It was a great tool for learning my alphabets...

Although I have an Iphone, I never answer it unless it is David
I never make a call unless I am calling him..
I detest all cell phones... and forget about texting me....wink..

Gosh things have changed so much through the past couple decades..
I noted yesterday when I was out running errands, on both sides of the street
near our high school, there were over a dozen teens, all of them with cell phones
and all of them likely playing some game like Pokemon...

Summer when I was a kid, was on my bike, going to the beach
for picnics,  playing badminton and reading books...
My mind is full of memories, beauty, laughter and creativity..

I picked up some primer and paint at Dulux so I will be 
painting it the same as my antique side chair in Buffalo plaid.

My parents had one too but it was called a GOSSIP Bench
and looked like this..

It was in a blue velvet and the round end was where the telephone and phone book sat...

As I spent most of my time at my Nan's home, I don't have have as many memories
as I do with the one above lol..


Every Saturday I scan newspapers online and kijiji ( equivalent to Craigs list)
and I was so excited when I found photos of this Telephone stand and chair  that 
was a little over an hour's drive away..

I sent my message and within an hour the owner connected with me..
I really could not hide my excitement and they wanted so little for it- I felt so fortunate
to pay them. They were such a sweet couple...
All the way home I was reminiscing of the memories this find had for me..


Another great find from the same couple...
it is a very small chair and will suit my Telephone stand as well.

I will also upholster it in Yellow Buffalo plaid..
it has springs in the seat...uncommon for a dining room chair,
so I am pretty sure it is a Parlour Chair, it is likely from the late
1800's to 1920. Again thrilled to have it..

I checked some on ebay and they were quite pricey..
I feel sad I did not give the couple more money for it..
I had no idea its value! 




So my summer will be filled with stripping, painting , stitching..
another wonderful season, of beauty around me..

Excited to share with you, the chairs Cori and I have been working on...

Cheerio...

I am off to enjoy the view.





32 comments:

  1. Lovely....it is so wonderful to have things from our childhood. I have my Papa's smoking stand....minus the ashtray and pipe rack, but still it is mine with many memories.

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    1. gracie, I remember smoke stands...and bean bag ashtrays that were in my friends homes.
      I love it when we can stir a smokey memorie wink.

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  2. Loving your chairs and desk. You are so right that the newer generations will not know what these pieces of furniture are, other then antiques. The phone, I even remember out telephone number! Your quote today. I love, love. So true.

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    1. HI Mary...isn't it funny, we just take for granted, our past will keep up to the future..but not so..how would anyone know of these things if they are never talked about or seen xx

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  3. A walk down memory lane for me.

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    1. ahhh Jacqueline..we will walk together do you mind?

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  4. Such a heartfelt post Samm. I feel sad to think that our memories and lifestyle may not continue into the next generation as they are so consumed with staring at little screens. I think they will make fond memories just like we did, but they will involve the screen(hopefully with a loved one on it.) I love the beauty of that bygone era, and what a simple and beautiful time it was. We all look back with fondness, but it had it's challenges too. I love your reminders to enjoy every moment, and surround ourselves with reminders to look away from the screen and enjoy all that life has to offer. xx

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    1. HI Cori...they really don't know what they don't know...so I suppose many young peeps will never know desk phones or yellow phones books that had the slogan "let your fingers do the walking through the yellow pages.." I am so puzzled when I see a concert and everyone is using their phones to record it and miss the reality of what is before them.... so maybe reminders like this will stir something lol

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  5. I remember those! I have a later version even now that I just couldn't pass up in a thrift shop. It is not nearly as pretty as yours and had been painted.

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    1. Yes Linda....and mine will be painted too... some no doubt would prefer it as is..but it is really has many dents and scratches...I can fix that with wood glue and mold....paint will have it as new..

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  6. What great finds! We had one of those telephone stands in the entry hall. I'd love to find one. Great parlor chair too (we also had a couple of those but ours were definitely Victorian.)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know Sally, glad to hear someone else recognized it.. and yes the parlour chair is a great plus...i was certainly not looking for that lol... is this not victorian...?

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  7. Oh my, I try so hard to stop squirreling away things, I have all of mom and dad's treasures too. Yikes, so many sweet memories.

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    1. HI RosemaryB....you are so lucky you have the best already...they are still with you....
      you are still making memories..say hi to them xx

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  8. What a fabulous day you had Samm!!!! The parlour chair is beautiful with beautiful lines to it, and the woods looks like a satiny finish. Gorgeous. I remember all the old style phone tables and 'gossip bench' as my parents had both types where the telephone rested. Stan and I also some of the old phones, having one in the basement that is connected. Darn things weight a ton compared to the portables. Missed seeing the riot boys today, but thoroughly enjoyed today's look back in time. You will be very busy refinishing all those chairs, but what a good feeling it is to repurpose an item rather that throwing it out. After all, it is part of our history. Hugs to you both

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    1. Hi sweet lady....it was a long day, but sometimes it is nice to take a drive...alone...David was out cycling... And yes my riot boys are experiencing their first SUMMER so the heat has them sleeping a lot...they cannot rid of their thick fur coats....so I have not bothered them with photo shoots...soon though... So you had gossip benches..my parents actually had one on every floor...but I always preferred my Nan's has it had so much character and history..hugs to you too x

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  9. Oh Samm, how I love these old pieces!
    I have a gem for you- My Momma has had the SAME phone number since 1950- can you believe it???

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    1. Now isn't that cool Sue...I can't imagine having the same number, we have had so many but I still remember my number in Quebec....

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  10. Love that 'retro' phone. My sister worked for AT&T and has a hand crank one. I remember playing at the switchboard in my Grandmother's hotel. Those old dial phones never broke down so you didn't have to get a new one unless you wanted the newer model-not like things today where you have to have a new one every year or so. I have my daughter's iphone. It's an old 4, but I am resisting giving it up until I have no choice. She gets a new one periodically, so I call it my "hand-me-up!" She's an "OT" and works in a hospital and has to have the latest thing to use at work. Thanks for bringing back those fun old memories.
    Rosemary

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    1. Hello Sweet lady Rosemary....ahhh crank one..would be such a treasure...and yes they were so well made in those days..my kettle phone is new but old style and very heavy..I have dropped it a couple times and it has not broken lol I really prefer old phones.. sounds like you are well kept for hand me UPS lol...

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  11. Love that 'retro' phone. My sister worked for AT&T and has a hand crank one. I remember playing at the switchboard in my Grandmother's hotel. Those old dial phones never broke down so you didn't have to get a new one unless you wanted the newer model-not like things today where you have to have a new one every year or so. I have my daughter's iphone. It's an old 4, but I am resisting giving it up until I have no choice. She gets a new one periodically, so I call it my "hand-me-up!" She's an "OT" and works in a hospital and has to have the latest thing to use at work. Thanks for bringing back those fun old memories.
    Rosemary

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  12. What a cute stand. We didn't have one of those, our phone sat in a small niche in the wall with a shelf for the phone book. Got our latest phone book last month, so tiny! Almost digest size. The print is so small I am not sure I could read it even with my glasses on! These will be lovely after they are redone. I look forward to seeing them.

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    1. HI Mary Ann, and I hear you about the phone books...I really miss those big YELLOW phone books..they served so many purposes..wish I had kept at least one lol..
      And once our heat breaks, I will be working on my new finds...stay tuned wink.

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  13. Awesome finds Mdm Samm. I remember the little seats attached to a little table for the phone. Even remember the old phone books. We don't even get books any more here for residential properties now - I think we just get a slim one for commercial - if that! Love to the boys!

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    1. HI Karen...You know what is funny, many of the things from the past still have some use today..At least to some of us who still have land phones. I sit on my wee chair by my table and I smile because who knew back then, this would be something that would not exist in many homes... and yes phone books...well as you say are non existent...and love to you from the boys...they are funny this am....it is cooler so they are chasing one another ..

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  14. I love that you have now found such a beautiful telephone stand with chair. I am very sentimental and therefore I completely understand your memories connection. With your amazing skills these wonderful furniture pieces will be perfect and preserved for generations to come.

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    1. hi Sherry, we share that we are so sentimental....I really like this and cannot wait to tackle it.....I have been with a gf cleaning out her Mumm's place..wait till you see what I have found

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  15. Memories are such a sweet thing. We never had either a stand or bench, ours was parked on the end table. I did get my Aunt's old rotary dial phone and it is so hefty! It still works and I use it in the garage for now. I can use it if the power goes out since my other phones that plug into electric outlets will quit working without power. Today's phones don't last as long, such a shame that quality no longer goes in before the name goes on. I love seeing phones in old movies. I remember watching "Shadow of a Doubt" and the little girl answering the phone, shouting back and forth between her and her mother regarding who's on the phone, take a message, etc. Such a small insignificant part but so charming. By the way, one of my favorite Alfred Hitchcock movies with Joseph Cotton, a great actor! I love seeing phone booths in movies too. I love old B&W movies. By the way, I started out as a cord board operator in 1977 until they transitioned to more advanced technology a year later. They cut the cords and gave everyone a nice key chain embossed with 1932-1978 (for our office)with the cord tip on it. I still have mine. I went on to other jobs and finally retired in 2009 after 32 years of service. Thanks for bringing up your memories, in return bringing up my memories.

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    1. HI Sandra...I so hear you about the quality of things today, rather the lack of quality......there is no pride on making something that will last....there is only a desire to make it the cheapest way, and no worries that it will last 1-3 years....Appliances used to last decades...today, we are lucky if an appliance last 7-10 years.. I love old phones...so the old rotary phones are reliable... can't say that today about any phones....thank goodness we do have memories and are quite happy to have less not more...quality instead of throwaways.. x

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    2. HI Sandra...I so hear you about the quality of things today, rather the lack of quality......there is no pride on making something that will last....there is only a desire to make it the cheapest way, and no worries that it will last 1-3 years....Appliances used to last decades...today, we are lucky if an appliance last 7-10 years.. I love old phones...so the old rotary phones are reliable... can't say that today about any phones....thank goodness we do have memories and are quite happy to have less not more...quality instead of throwaways.. x

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  16. Hello my Dear Samm,
    This telephone stand is exactly like the one in my childhood home! We had the black kettle phone and the yellow phone book as well. Your picture brought back such memories of the little cottage 50's house I grew up in til we moved to a much bigger Victorian house. I didn't like the new house. I wanted my little house with the red and white gingham kitchen curtains,a floor vent wroth a large grate for the natural gas heat. I would have to jump over it in the hallway to keep from burning my toes. I had special slippers made just for that purpose. Memories are good! Love you bunches
    Gmama Jane

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  17. Good Afternoon Jane....I am just getting supper ready for our gang who are busy with David building...lol. We are at our chalet and I brought my stand and seat hoping to get it sanded...no such luck today....so you had one.....ohhh so glad to hear that I thought i was the only one who had one like it...how I missed those days of party lines...there was always so much drama....in a fun way...and yes I remember those heat grates...we had them at boarding school, when we were bad, we had to kneel on them holding bibles outstretched in our arms..oh my....it only happened once for me...lol don't even remember what I did...it could have been hitching to Paris....or something along those lines...love the memories that it brings for so many of us lol.. Hope your summer is delicious...?

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