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I'd like to phone a friend please.

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    Today I got the new (refurbished) rotary dial phone for the cottage. 

    Designed by Henry Dreyfus and put into service in 1937, the Western Electric 354 is the wall version of the popular 302 or "Lucy Phone".

    This phone is commonly misrepresented as Bakelite, but in fact Western Electric never made any phones using Bakelite (other than for the handsets). They didn't think it was tough enough for long service life. The body of this phone is thermal plastic.

    The phone originally came with a straight handset cord, but later models used the curl cord. We got the straight, cloth one. I'm super stoked to get it hung!

    Now we'll have a phone even if the grid/power goes down.