Leich Flashlight

Over 25 years on the internet!!
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As telephone collectors feverishly pursue the potbellies, wood wall magneto phones, one each of anything made by Western Electric and all the other treasures documented in the collector publications, we often trip over things we weren't looking for, or unusual variations that give us lots of pleasure.
(And are often much cheaper!)

This site began as a single page of hand-coded HTML in the mid-1990s as a place to showcase a few telephone-related oddities found at yard sales and flea markets.  I've kept the vintage look and feel to help us remember how the internet looked in simpler times. It obviously displays best on a laptop or monitor.
With the encouragement of and contributions from fellow collectors, the site has grown to include reference information for phone enthusiasts as well.

If your visit to was enjoyable or helpful, please

  • make a small donation to help offset operating costs,
  • consider buying a phone, or
  • contribute research documents or phone photos to help expand the site.

Your donation or purchase can be made safely via PayPal and will help keep the site ad-free.
Thank you!


Follow the links to find some examples I've run across in my travels.
Many of these aren't covered well in the typical collector publications.
Be sure to follow links within the pages for more details.  Enjoy!

Manual Desk Phones and Intercoms
Telephone Curiosities
Dial Desk Phones
Why did they do that?
Collectors' Corner
Wall Phones
Telephones in the Movies and on TV
Link to RECOLLECTIONS - Phones for Sale
Visit other Phone-related sites

Reference Charts and Entertainment for Collectors
Help identify your phone

Lists of Western & Northern Electric models by series:
WE Desk Telephone Identification
Bell System Practices
WE Handset Mounting Type ID
Bell System Publications
Handset & "Butt" Set ID Teletrainers
Data Phones
WE 3500 (Autovon)    Princess    Trimline Designer Sets:   TeleConcepts    TeleQuest
Design Line    WE Card Dialers   Number Plates
Northern Telecom "Imagination" Sets
WE Field Trial Sets and Prototypes
NE Uniphone     Contempra
Commemorative Telephones

Site Map (Helpful Shortcuts):   WE  NE  AE  SC  Kellogg  North  CT 

Save the Phones!  (Phone packing and shipping hints)

Phones Wanted

Please send comments or photos of your favorite phones to: 

Email address

You must enter my email address into your email program.
There are no clickable email addresses on this site, in an attempt to minimize spam.

Note that the address is Paul-F (hyphen), not Paul_F (underscore).


Note:  Many of the photos on this site were contributed from fellow collectors and site visitors.

While I do not currently own most of the phones shown, I do have duplicates of some of the phones on this site not shown on the Phones for Sale page.
Contact me for details.

Entire site 1997-2024 paulf.  All rights reserved.