Bakelite 332 Telephones

Again although not classed as Retro I believe its worth mentioning the most popular British Bakelite telephones (classified as Antique or Vintage), known as the 300 series Bakelite telephones.

They were the first British Bakelite phones to contain an internal bell. Before this telephones always had a separate “Bell Set”. This superb telephone with its classic hard lines is very sought after today. The standard 300 series telephone was known as the model 332, although the 300 series range contained several models, usually resulting in extra chrome buttons (above the dial), for example the model 312 had and extra chrome button for shared service working.

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312 GPO Antique Telephone (1954)

The other models with the extra chrome buttons are rarer than the standard 332 and hence they are more collectable and harder to find in “Grade A” condition.

In this Bakelite Telephone Era 99.9% of all these telephones were Black.

Green 332 telephone
312 GPO Antique Telephone (1954)

The rarest colour for an antique 332 telephone is Green as in the one above.

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Retro 706 Phone

The classic British Retro Telephone is the 706 (made in the 1960’s).

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These classic 1960’s 706 telephones were the first modern Plastic Telephones in the UK to be offered in a range of standard colours, such as ivory, red, green, concord blue, topaz yellow as well as black.

Before this the standard colour for a British telephone was Black, and although ivory, red and green were made they were very rare, less than 1:10,000 of all the Bakelite telephones in use in the UK were coloured rather than standard Black.