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.