It looks like the phone parents and grandparents once had. But the Wild and Wolf 746 telephone has subtle updates for the 21st century.
Once upon a time, all telephones for the home (well, almost all phones) were provided to homes by the GPO, an abbreviation of the General Post Office. Colours might have varied, but generally the colours were fairly plain and subdued. The telephones of the past in the UK were purely functional items.
The 746 model was introduced in the mid-1960s and was standard for most homes for some years after. Which is why this particular model comes up in vintage shops and vintage fairs so often. There were a lot of them around.
Because they were so universal, the phone has that nostalgic feel about it and if you want a phone that’s very much about the 1960s and 1970s, this is the phone to install.
Of course, you can pick up one of those vintage models, with many available to plug in and use. But as I found out when I had one of the originals in the house, it isn’t without its problems.
Yes, it has the look and authenticity of the era, but the colour was a little drab and when you tried calling a switchboard, it was impossible to use a keypad to select an option because there isn’t one. Which is where the Wild and Wolf 746 telephone comes in.
It has the look of course, but it also comes in a range of colourful finishes, as well as some chrome and metallic casings. This is a design statement, not just a functional telephone.
That word ‘functional’ is very apt too. A you can see, the dial has been replaced by a keypad in the style of a dial, so if you need to ‘press 1’ to access the right person, you can do that with this updated version of a 1960s classic.
It still has an original-style mechanic ringer though and you can still plus it into your socket easily enough.
It’s down to personal taste. If you like the idea of an updated 746, there are plenty of finishes to choose from, with some of those pictured here. As for price, that’s from £35.99 depending on the finish you go for.