1953 and 2012 – gadgets then and now
Telephone – Belgium Bell and Eclipse
The Belgium Bell was a gorgeous vintage Bakelite telephone with a dial and, yes, an actual bell. You can actually buy restored examples of these charming Brussels-made devices on Etsy and they’ll still work – although you can forget about using any touch tone services.
The Eclipse is gorgeous in an entirely different way. The handset and base unit sit together in a continuous elliptical shape, but the design never hampers usability: the handset rocks a crisp display and high quality speakerphone.