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’m obsessed with the Western Electric Telestar phone from the early 1970’s.  I saw one of these at the Brooklyn Flea a few months ago and I’m totally regretting not buying it.  I love that the lid flips back and the retractable cord is the best!