This week I found a nice short article as published in the ‘Nieuwe Leidse Courant’ on May 22nd 1970. I have translated the text below in case your Dutch knowledge is not that well developed. This was approximately 8 years before the Ericofon was introduced in The Netherlands. Can you imagine that one model has such a long lifecycle today?
According to an
investigation in West-Germany, 8% of our neighbors has a telephone in… the
bathroom. In that same room, 38% of the Germans read. The bathroom is becoming
a sort of relax-room, a new status-symbol. Of course a room like that deserves
a special telephone.
A bright future is
being predicted for this modern model where – we cannot see it very well in the
picture – the dial face is in the bottom of the phone.
The Ericofon is available in 9 different colors so you are able to extensively harmonize with your interior: red, pink, yellow, green, blue, gray, ivory, tan or white. ALL parts, microphone, telephone and dial face are combined in one thermoplastic housing.
The phone has a
comfortable fit in your hand, and when one picks up the phone, the dial face comes
towards you. This is extremely handy for ill people, the elderly or very hasty
The 700’s are not so common but from time to time I come across one. The ones in my own collection were pretty much okay and did not need to be taken fully apart. Removing the base is not such an issue but keep in mind that you normally damage or destroy the dried out gasket with it.
But recently I got another White 700 that was in a terrible shape. So I took a first ride in the dark to take a 700 fully apart. Meaning including the earpiece…
With the information from the ericofon.com site I started to pry up the left upper corner and shifted the earpiece slowly to the left. Quite an interesting and nearly impossible move… But I managed.
It seems that this chassis is, by coincidence, quite exceptional. Normally the chassis of the 700 connects in the neck of the shell to the speakerunit (including a ringer) either with a flatcable or a fixed connector. In this Ericofon this is not the case.
Typical is the speaker connection to the chassis by 2 wires only. The phone works fine but there is no ringer. This setup I haven’t seen before. Someone any clue on the origin?
In the company where I work we have an art game ongoing at the moment. The theme is Diversity and Inclusion, related to the professional working environment of course. Employees are asked to make art around that theme.
As we have many employees from different backgrounds, in all sorts of ways, this is a very important topic to us within the company. Differences, and the embracement of the awareness of it, make us strong.
Inspired by this game, but not yet knowing if I will participate, I took my camera and started to make some pictures today. A few of them I can already share with you here.
My personal experience is that diversity in teams with colleagues and customers makes everything well balanced. For me this is not only about roots, gender or age, but much broader than that.
James John Walrod unfortunately passed away on September 25th, 2017 at the age of 57. Way too young!!
He was called a design guru. Actually if you read the Wikipedia description it says: “A self-taught interior design consultant and collector of rare and unusual art, design and pop culture works, Walrod was also considered an expert in the field of mid century and Postmodern design.” Please take some time to read about this personality.
Part of his collection was auctioned earlier this year in 2018. When I browsed the auction catalogue many very nice and beautiful items passed by. Man, this guy had good taste, no doubt about that!!
I was triggered because there was one item that caught my attention in this auction. A Wedgwood Touch Tone Ericofon. Still lacking in my collection and quite hard to get…
So I decided to take part in the auction. As usual, auctions are kind of exciting when they start. That night most sales prices raised to exorbitant heights before it was the Ericofons turn. As I am not a design expert these prices might be around normal market value, I had no clue. But I was getting nervous and already disappointed, afraid that this Ericofon also would be sold for an unreasonable price, just because of the name of the owner…
Luckily it turned out differently and I was able to get this item for a fair price. A bit on the expensive side, but hey, …a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Very proud that this is now part of my collection.
In remembrance of Jim Walrod.
Copyright of these 2 beautiful pictures is at Wright.
In the collection I have this Sahara flat model from 1967 that is in perfect state. There is however something with the color code that I have never seen before. But then, I haven’t seen more than approximately 350 Ericofons from the inside sofar.
The colorcode inside the phone is wronlgy indicating a ‘Crystal Mint’ color with code 520552. It should be 520538 instead which is Sahara. Never seen these kind of misprints before. If you have more examples please share them with me.
A few activities are upcoming in the next weeks but I cannot share anything yet. Topsecret 😉 But it is related to design. Well, design and Ericofon is not that strange. More news when it becomes a bit more concrete.
In the meantime there are some pictures that I want to share instead that I found on the interet. Be carefull, this will hurt!
I do not know why people do this… Maybe because they could not get transparent paint for the earpiece.
Needless to tell that the clear model is still on my list.
As said before in a post or somewhere else, 2017 was an extremely successful year when it comes to collecting. Not about the quantity but all about quality.
Only 7 phones were added, but what kind of phones… Royal Dubonnet, Dusty Rose, Orange Metallic, Chartreuse, Green Metallic, Nordic Blue and Riviera.
Actually the Chartreuse, the last buy on December 29th, came with some nasty damage on the lower back. The rest of the shell was in very good to mint shape. Seen the price of the phone ($25) it was worth buying it anyway and take the chance. Didn’t have this color at all until now.
The result is quite okay and I am happy with it. Some additional microscopic work still can be done on the right side. Need to experiment on another shell first. On the left side the crack is hardly visible anymore.
An original press picture from 1956, used in a newspaper at that time. Bought this one recently and I think it fits very well with the collection. Besides the phones itself it is sometimes tempting to also collect some accessoires and other stuff. Where does it end…
I really like the atmosphere that the image reflects. The clean monochrome photography is really beautifully done. It has a certain charm.
The picture was published on Sunday November 11, 1956. I am not aware in which newspaper that was.
“The Ericofon, a new one piece telephone, was tested by Miss Claire Jensen, a secretary at a Chicago hotel. The model is about half the size of the conventional two piece phone. The Ericofon combines the dial, speaking and hearing apparatus into a single unit.”
The phone used is most likely an old case Taj Mahal. I guess the model they refer to in the text is not Miss Claire… 😉