I’m a fan of FX’s The Americans. So I was thrilled when I spotted the mod round brown Sculptura phone aka “the doughnut telephone” in the Jennings’ master bedroom.
I like to spot the vintage in TV shows; it’s just something I do. And spotting this retro phone made me hold onto it a bit longer… But now the Sculptura, made by Western Electric’s Design Line for Bell Telephone circa 1975, is up for sale.
The photos of Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings in the characters’ bedroom set on The Americans came from set decorator Kelley Burney. More info on the difficulties of finding items for the show’s set in this article at Slate.
No, these jeans aren’t the typical ’70s bell bottoms at all; these are retro denim pants with the Bell Telephone logo embroidered on the back pocket. The pair we have are still in their original plastic bag and are available for purchase in our Etsy shop.
A vintage Playskool pay phone, complete with rotary dial.
Vintage Valentine with a kitten on the telephone. Marked CPC 4500/8, Made in U.S.A.; roughly 3 3/4 inches tall.
There’s nothing like it, Ann…
Vintage ad for Niagra instant laundry startch, “perfect starch instantly in COLD water.” 1952
Whenever we show you these telephone purses, you always like them — usually about two days after the auction/sale ends. Which is just one more reason you should be stopping at Kitschy Kitschy Coo several times a day.
Retro white telephone handbag, via phantomandchristine.
Don’t you just love looking at your favorite catalog models? …Remember sneaking them into the bathroom for a little dreamy privacy, and — what? You didn’t get that way over the latest telephone models from American Bell and GTE?
Not the Flip-Phone or the Fashion Plate? Not even the Princess telephone?!
I guess I’m just weird that way.
Two pages from the Fall-Winter 1983 Sears catalog.
Jayne Mansfield with a rotary dial telephone full of bling on the January 1958 cover of Modern Man mag. It’s enough to make your teenage daughter go blind with jealousy. And we don’t just mean for the phone bling either. (You’d better keep this away from your sons too; they could make themselves go blind too.)