Category Archives: collection

First Dark Ride

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…

A 700 White dismantled.

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.

You can see that on the top and bottom a piece of plastic is locked by a metal strip. The cap can be removed by shifting it to the left.

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?

Atumn Equinox III

What’s happening around October each year? See the previous Equinox posts to explain this question.

In 2016 a Dusty Rose popped up and in 2017 I had some specific colours that could, or could not be as expected. I was extremely lucky last year.

Now again I ran into something special… I hope. Please, judge for yourself. Is this a Chartreuse or not? Again a disclaimer.

If so, it can replace my repaired model as this one seems to be in better shape.

If not, it is a pity but I had to take the chance. It was advertised as an avocado colour… Sometimes there is just no time to think too long and you have to decide in a minute to buy or not.

As said before, getting the right colour impression from a screen is not always easy. Let’s hope for the best.

Update 07/12/2018:

Unfortunately this is a regular Crystal Mint… 🙁 Well, regular… it was heavily yellowed and therefor avocado color. So again, buying from online pictures only remains a risk.

On Balance

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.

We are all different and yet so much the same. 

Paint Me As A Dead Soul

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.

Never

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.

Transparent

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.

Elves

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.

Mono

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… 😉

Autumn Equinox II

Last year we had a warm autumn and on the edge of winter I was able to purchase my Old Case Dusty Rose. Still one of the most fabulous colors in the Ericofon range if you ask me.  Are you? 😉 The warmth of the rose-pink color is just so intense.

Around one year later, we have a warm autumn again, and another Dusty Rose popped up. A New Case flat this time and I am actually expecting it to arrive this week.

On top of that, and on the same day I was getting things arranged for the Dusty Rose, I ran in on a New Case Nordic Blue… that is at least what I think it will be. Like with the post on the disclaimer I am not sure on the color for this one.

It is so hard to buy from the screen only. But as this was an opportunity that I had to act on quickly I took the chance. The price was okay for that. The seller was refering to it as ‘liteblue’ but also had an Aqua Mist for sale…  So let’s hope that this surprise is a nice one but it can still be a Wedgwood or an Aqua Mist anyway. It is from the same seller as the Riviera on the ‘disclaimer’ post. Crappy pictures that turn out to be right…?

So maybe this autumn is a turning point in my collection with 2 rare New Case models in one week. Of course I will post some new and decent pictures once they are in the house. The ones above are from the sellers.

Update 06/11/2017:

A real beauty next to her older sister (Hmm, I smell a touch of exaggeration here… I have kids so why am I saying this 😉 )

Update 14/11/2017:

A real beauty next to his older brother (I am doing it again)… The expected phone is indeed a Nordic Blue. Great!! I am done for this year.

Both Nordic Blue models have a slightly different color tone. The Old Case is a bit more grayed overtime. I guess the Old Case suffered a bit more in the years it was exposed to sun and perhaps smoke. The New Case is more sparkling, which is relatively in this case since the blue is not that exuberant.  The insides are similarly colored, the New Case has code 520542 inside.