Vintage Rotary Phone at Bistro 138, Shelburne, Nova Scotia
Adorning a post near the counter of Bistro 138, a cozy restaurant and coffee shop in historic Shelburne, Nova Scotia, this very funky old rotary phone demands attention among a sea of people surfing their mobile devices. I’ve not seen a phone like this one before — its design and color make for an unusual piece of nostalgia. Located on Water Street in the heart of town, the food and other fare at Bistro 138 is also quite good and its staff is super friendly.
Love the colours!
Hey, Barbara, thanks!
ooooo…. cool vintage piece!
Cool thing is that it’s also used as a working phone!
that IS cool !!!!
Pretty cool. I have never seen a phone like that before.
Shelburne is where I grew up. The Ryer-Davis house not far from here (in Shelburne) is one of the oldest Loyalist houses. Nice ‘post’ and phone too! :^)
Shelburne is a gem of a town!
We have two working rotary phones, but I’ve never seen one in that style. Thanks for sharing that.
I am loving the gumball machine in the background. How many quarters did I pump in to those trying to win a free pizza burger?
Funny! Yes — the gumball machine is a fun bit of kitsch as well!
Cute phone, great write-up and lovely photos, but I can’t use rotary phones. I have my numbers memorized by the pattern on digital phones. A friend has a rotary phone and it confuses me 😉
Carmen, I’m with you — key pads are much easier!
I grew up with a rotary phone on a party line in Saskatchewan. You could listen in on other people’s calls….not that I ever did 🙂 It was called ‘rubber necking’. Have you heard of that? Our phone was boring black. This shot is a fabulous find!
I remember party lines as well — those were some good old days!
The contrast! Wish I could turn off phone reception in the shop sometimes!
Thanks for the recent visit to my Western genre and “likes” of a number of posts…much appreciated. Your own site has great photos/content!
All the best,
Chad, thanks for the comments and I look forward to more of your good content about the West.
This is a gorgeous vintage phone. Just added Shelburne to my bucket list.
Shelburne is a charming town!
What a vintage phone find!
Thanks! It kind of jumps off its wall.
What a gem of a phone, yay vintage! I’m glad I went into your comments to find that it was indeed a working phone, love it.
It stands out, for sure!
Oh, that phone is better than any artwork in the museums.
Very much so!