We really did use these. For those of you at HES - there used to be one hanging on the hallway wall where daycare vans now load...:)
Vintage telephone, from the 50s before that there was no curly cord. Just cord like on an iron.
Once upon a time, everyone had one of these. In basic black. It was a big deal when color was introduced. BTW, our phone company charges us a couple of dollars a month for "touch tone service" - c'mon - when WAS the last time anyone used a rotary dial?