Call me, maybe

January 12, 2014


Hands up; who had one of these as a child? We did, and the dog on a string, and, of course, the Little People I’ve written about before. I love vintage Fisher Price toys and had been meaning to track one of these phones down for Eliza for ages. We found this last week in one of our new local charity shops. OK, so it’s not the wooden original that we had, but it was a bargainous 50p.

However, it occurred to me when we got it home that it’s pretty much a museum piece. Like the old-school technology our children won’t experience, fixed line phones with cords are about as relevant to our children as the gramophone was to us. As the wireless handset generation, they’ll never know the joys of stretching the phone cord across into the next room when your best friend called, for fear that your parents or brothers would possibly overhear a whisper of your teenage telephone chat.

Anyway, E loves the phone. She calls phones ‘hiyooos’ and spent the journey back from the shops with it clutched to her ear. Once home – and it was thoroughly disinfected – she’s spent hours on it since, no doubt racking up a massive imaginary bill.


  • Mummy’s to do list

    January 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    We’ve got one of these too – well, it’s at Nanny and Grandad’s house as my mum bought it. I had one as a child too and the dog on a string, along with some other Fisher Price bits and bobs – do you remember the old fashioned record player?! Little Miss quickly accepted it as a phone, or ‘hiya’ as she calls them, even though it looks nothing like any other phone she’s ever seen.

  • Kim Carberry

    January 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Ohh a blast from the past!! I had one as a child and my girls had one each too!! Fabulous memories!!

  • Karina

    January 12, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I second the above!

    What a find:-)


  • shirley

    January 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    strange how even at Eliza’s age she knows what to do with old fashioned handset even though she has never seen one in her lufe

    1. gillian

      January 24, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      I know! How strange and funny x

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