Special Range telephones

SR 1005B Candlestick telephone, 1970s

In the 1970s the GPO found some customers were unhappy with the standard choice of GPO phones and imported some 'exotic' phones from abroad. They were usually in antique styles.

At the time it was illegal to connect the foreign phones to the GPO's network.

In 1978 the GPO introduced 'Special Range' telephones for a one-off extra charge and higher rentals.

In 1978 there was a choice of just two new phones in the Special Range: The 'Classic Telephone' by STC (SR1000) and Plessey's Mickey Mouse phone, the SR1001.

The GPO added a reproduction version of the classic Candlestick to the Special Range in 1979. In 1980, the Swedish modern style of the the Ericofon joined the line up. In 1981 the Special Range comprised:

Candlestick phones

The push-button Trimphone represented the modern forward looking aspect of the 70s which embraced digital watches, colour TV and pocket calculators. For some though, modern was old hat. The appeal of vintage design and nostalgia, which became a prominent force in the 80s, began in the 1970s.

If your idea of cutting edge style was Victorian or Art Deco, and you could afford it, the GPO provided Special Range Telephones (SRT) available at substantial extra cost. The Candlestick or S1005B is one example.

By Steven Braggs, updated December 2020

 
   
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