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Jackie Loos column: Wall phone brings back 20th century memories

1:21 AM, Nov. 15, 2012  |  Comments
An antique Western Electric Co. 1907 oak and tigerwood wall mount telephone was brought in by a consignor whose grandfather acquired the phone from a friend who worked on the railroad.
An antique Western Electric Co. 1907 oak and tigerwood wall mount telephone was brought in by a consignor whose grandfather acquired the phone from a friend who worked on the railroad.
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The year is 1907. Only 8 percent of homes in the United States have a telephone.

A gentleman came to visit our shop and spotted a Western Electric Co. wall phone from 1907 with a quarter sawed oak and tiger wood cabinet.

After spotting the phone, he told me his mother had 14 children and all were born at home. The most interesting part of his story was the fact that the closest phone to his home was five miles away. The town doctor would most likely not visit for three days or more after the birth of a child, he said.

However, the phone in our shop was not used in a home, but by a conductor or trainman at a railroad. It's a very interesting piece with its own story, but this wall phone brings stories to our shop from others who see it. This phone was made more than 100 years ago. I'm sure our grandparents couldn't even imagine something like the cellphone we depend on so much today.

Fast forward to the late 1960s. A consignor brought in a beautiful serving piece from the Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. The treasure she is sharing with our customers is a Wexford 11-inch divided relish plate.

The consignor told me how her grandmother would give her and the other girls in the family socks and underwear for birthdays, but for her 16th birthday, it went from socks and underwear to this gorgeous serving piece for special dining occasions.

Many pieces from Anchor Hocking were given away as premiums in large packages of flour, soap powder and oatmeal back in the '60s. Today, the Wexford glass pattern has become very collectible and hard to find. These pieces are clear, sparkling and elegant.

That's all for this week's journal of memories. What's your favorite treasure? Do you know the story behind it? I would love to hear it and I know others would, too.

Jackie Loos owns Jackie's Attique, a home consignment store featuring an assortment of timeless pieces. The gallery is located at 20 Brown Blvd. in Rothschild and features antiques, home decor and furniture.

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