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Telephone accessories

When we say phone accessories in the vintage context, we mean handset holders and phone list finders, not mobile phone cases or screen protectors ūüôā Those born in the seventies and earlier will probably have used these before. The handset holder plays the theme from Romeo & Juliet  when activated. Lovely!

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Singapore Telecoms phone and some cool phone accessories

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New in box telephone list finder

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Vintage Phone Calls

A great prop for any vintage-themed home or reception area. Available for sale and rent.

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Of gadgets and toys

New in the store – get nostalgic with a toy POSB ATM, roller skates, Telecoms phone and more!

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Household Goods

Just your simple everyday items… the everyday items of the past that is =)

Rooster brand alarm clock (working condition)

Plated napkin holder (engraved with “With Compliments Stamford Press”)

UK-made pear-shaped plate

Cute kid-sized enamel cups (not been used)

1940s potato peeler

I understand this was pre-cassette – the cartridge would be loaded with songs, but look at the size of the slot!

Concerto 70s cartridge player

Side view showing slot

Reproduction “vintage” phone (not working)

Made-in-Japan Cigarette Music Holder. It’s llke a music box for ciggies!

Learn to play a new instrument.

Hohner Melodica Soprano (in original box)

Instructions included

The original calculator (better than one as it needs no power source!)

Abacus 1 (13 places)

Abacus 2 (11 places) Lotus-flower brand

We think this was used for weighing letters to calculate postage.

Foldable portable mini weighing scale

Folds up into a slim case

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Dial My Number

You can develop patience with these phones, as you have to wait for the dial to return to the original position before dialling the next number. But we think patience is a real underrated virtue =)

All phones are in working condition.

A really beautiful baby blue. Made in Japan

Brown phone with Telecoms logo

Hotel room phone with cute icons

Phone handset holder with music! Remember these?

How cool is it walking around with these early “handphone” models?

Sony 70s’ Walkie Talkie

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Ring in the New Year

Rotary dial phones, like almost everything vintage, have become hip again. Folks are using their strident brrrrrrrring brrrrrriing as the ringing tone on their smart phones and there are companies who are making new ones that look old too(sometimes playing cheat by replacing the rotary dial function with push buttons for the numbers). But we have the real deal and it works! Just plug and play =)

There’s something hypnothic about waiting for the dial to return to its original position before dialing another numeral. Good for training kids to have the virtue of patience, haha.

This was a hotel phone (recognise the icons?) Issued by the Singapore Telephone Board (STB), which had the swallow as their icon. The STB existed from 1955 to 1974, before it became SingTel.

 

STB phone

 

Hotel icons

 

STB logo

 

Another working phone¬†in great condition –¬†nice grey and red combination

Light grey phone

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New ‘Old’ Things

Vintage is so popular right now, people are making new things that look old, or remaking old things into new ones!

Check out our ‘replica’ sewing machine that is actually a music box, a ‘replica’ dial-phone that is actually¬†a lighter¬†and a ‘replica’ fan that is actually a clock!

Wind up this sewing machine, pull the drawer out and and besides playing a twinkling tune, the machine parts move too! (the needle and foot pedal goes up and down)

Music box sewing machine

Side view

An idea of the scale

Try this neat party trick – light a candle with your phone! Or rather, the flame that comes from the dial of this cute little ‘telephone’. Just remember to load up with lighter fluid first.

The blades might not move, but this fan is still really cool (pun intended) for its vintage edge. The clock is detachable and runs on one small battery. Hey it looks like the KDK fan we used to have!

KDK fan (sold)

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For that special person…

Orchard Road, that mecca of shopping, is decked out in its annual Christmas finery. Which sends a (not so subtle) message to one and all that gift-buying season is upon us! After all, the joy is in the giving isn’t it? =)¬†Stumped by what to get for that special person? We’ve put together a little gift guide to help you along.

For those who love cats…

Ceramic Made-in-Japan purring felines (sold)

For those who love flowers…

Beautiful glass vases

For those who love singing… (microphone stands available too)

Vintage microphones!

For those who love military memorabilia…

Russian military badges

Military aircraft communications headset

For those who love their drinks (hic)…

Vintage metal drink trays

For those who love tea…

British tea-leaf dispenser

For those who love keeping in touch…

Metal telephone clip pad with pull-out address book.

More to come!

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that

This is what I will call my cham-pa-lang (sounds rude doesn’t it?) post, which to non-Singlish speakers just means that it’s a collection of random, unrelated items.

Well, they do have one thing in common, and that is they’re all really cool and unique!

First up, a sound-powered telephone. What is that you ask? I did a bit of digging (on Wiki), and it’s a phone that¬† doesn’t need any power source. That explains why it has been¬†used primarily on ships for normal and emergency communications for the past 60 years now.¬†How cool is that?! ¬†This one is dated 1974.

Sound-powered telephone

A closer look at the make and model

Next up is a logo recognised the world over. Ours is super-sized to make it even more of a status-symbol.

Mercedes sign

You have seen the pattern countless of times, but do you recognise it here? We just love this Marie biscuit ‘stamp’ made from wood and brass, and I think most probably connected to a heat source to brand the pattern on your favourite childhood treat.

Hey look it's Marie!

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Here’s a little detail you might not have noticed when it was part of a trishaw. I think it was a decorative piece ¬†that went below the passenger seat.¬†Please correct me if I’m wrong. ¬†Anyway, it’ll make a nice frame for a mirror or opening on your wall.

Trishaw decoration

Before label-makers became (almost) effortless, there were Dymo label- makers, which¬†required a fair bit of wrist-work. You would load a spool of plasticky ribbon into the¬†gadget and turn an alphabet wheel to¬†”punch” the letters one by one into the ribbon. Immensely satisfying yes, when you had applied enough strength to punch every single letter out evenly and clear, with no wastage due to typos =) This one is made of metal, not plastic.

Dymo Tape-Writer

Side view of Dymo

To use a terrible cliche Рlast but not least, these brass padlocks. They might have lost their keys but make really stylish vintage  paperweights!

Vintage brass locks/ paperweights

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