1937 Calling…

1 Sep

phone2The Mister and I didn’t come home with much from the flea market this last round for the booth, but we splurged on a new/old Western Electric wall phone for our own kitchen. We have a phone jack on the kitchen wall in a really noticeable place…the Mister suggested awhile back that we put an old phone there, and I thought that idea was kind of meh until we found ourselves perusing the selection at the booth of the phone guy at the flea market. This guy had some super-cool phones, in all colors and varieties. He’s there every month in the same location. phone The phone guy is kind of a character, and he’ll tell you all about the phones that he restores and brings to the market to sell. He even sang a song for us–something about Laura but he changed it to Lauren…like I said, kind of a character! He said that he used to be the band leader for Dinah Shore. And then he and the Mister debated whether or not Dinah Shore was a lesbian. Is that appropriate to discuss with a stranger at the flea market? The Mister says that reputable lesbians have confirmed this fact for him, but me and the phone man are not so sure and in the end it doesn’t matter because Dinah Shore’s personal life is none of our beeswax. ANYWAY, we spent a little more money than I really wanted to, but after the song and the lesbian debate, we’d spent a good bit of time hanging out with the guy and I’d gotten attached to this black wall phone, which really is pretty awesome. We don’t actually have a land line, so it’s just a prop. My son says that if it ever starts ringing, it is proof that our house is haunted (please don’t be haunted).

My highly paid assistant and I are off to the booth with a few new goodies today…a few fridge dishes, a comb an005d brush holder, a jadite bowl, a spring blossom Pyrex casserole and a copy of Ginny Gordon and the Missing Heirloom, which is very similar to a Nancy Drew.

Tomorrow, we’re thinking about celebrating Labor Day by hitting any antique stores that might happen to be open…hope your holiday weekend is going well! xoxo, LaurenT

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5 Responses to “1937 Calling…”

  1. Lisa September 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm #

    I have an old push button phone hanging on my wall. I like yours better. The kids like playing with it too.

    Never questioned Dinah Shore. Hmm. Could be. Although her program was much more wholesome then today’s talk shows. I miss that aspect of television.

  2. www.nashvilleman.me September 2, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Just to clarify a couple of points. The flea market character with the phone booth (pun intended), was a professional touring keyboard player who, while not Dinah Shore’s band leader, did play in her, and many other famous big bands and, for a week, insisted he dated the starlet. Apparently Burt Reynolds’ arrival on the scene ended their brief romance. As for my assertion that Ms. Shore preferred the fairer sex (and really, who could blame her), I suggest Googling “Dinah Shore Weekend”. That should answer any questions you may have. I always admired her and always will. And …oh, never mind, I’ve got to go. I think I hear a phone ringing…

  3. Shirley Turcotte September 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Hello: The phone looks GREAT in your new 50’s kitchen. Brings back some good memories. Have fun shopping today!!!!!

  4. Lisa September 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    Lo-o-o-ove that phone (and if that ghost caller comes a callin’, don’t answer it!). That guy at the flea market is a hoot. He was playing his trumpet when I was there, but just in weird little spurts. I wonder if the “Lauren” song he was singing to you was Johnny Mercer’s “Laura”, from the movie? Look it up if you get a chance…it’s already stuck in my head just thinking about it! Let us know how your Labor Day antique store hunt turned out! 🙂

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