The Western Electric model 500 telephone series was the standard desk-style domestic telephone set issued by the Bell System in North America from late 1949 through the 1984 Bell System divestiture. The phone below is from 1959.

I love this amazing telephone.

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An early Ericofon prototype (Image: Ericofon.com)

An early Ericofon prototype (Image: Ericofon.com)

The Ericofon may have been the inspiration for the Telephone that was used by #2 in the British Spy classic “The Prisoner”

#2 on the red telephone that may have been inspired by the Ericofon.

#2 on the red telephone that may have been inspired by the Ericofon.