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Girls on Phones: A Vintage Pop Culture Gallery

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Here is a gallery of 45 ladies on telephones culled from vintage books, magazines, records, found photographs, advertising and other ephemera.  We’ve covered this topic once before (see Dial “R” for Retro: 1960s-80s Ladies and Their Old-School Telephones), but this time we’re delivering an even bigger helping from the four corners of the vintage pop culture landscape.  Enjoy!

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(1) Advertisement from Food Technology magazine (v29 n01 – January 1975).  I love how the phone is space-age… except the receiver for some reason.

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(2) Master Detective – February 1938; Crime magazines are perhaps the biggest supplier of “girls on phones”.  There’s something about a panicked lady on a telephone that is very compelling.

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(3) – (4)  A couple album covers both featuring girls on phones, and both girls keep a photograph of their “true love”.  Tony Osborne’s girl cradles his image tastefully… while Little Bob Story’s girl, well, she awkwardly tucks it under her boobs.

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(5) 1978 French DIM advertisement.  The copy unfortunately has a bit of “bleed through” from the opposite side; however, this level of awesomeness needs to be included regardless.

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(6) Why is her dress around her ankles, and why is she talking on a huge phone? I feel like there’s a joke here that’s flying over my head.

(7) Yet another crime magazine – more to come.

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(8) Margot Kidder was such a big figure in the 1970s -from The Amityville Horror to Superman, she was everywhere. Sexy and intelligent; she should have gone on to great things, but her bi-polar disorder got the better of her. Thankfully she seems to have rebounded and hasn’t had a “manic episode” since getting on the right medication.

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(9) I believe this issue of Whisper is from 1948

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(10) Criminal Affair (1968) – 7 uomini e un cervello (original title)

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(11) If she’s talking to one of the Village People, I’ve got bad news for her.

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(12) Girls and telephones just did not get along in pulp magazines

(13) Amid all this smut, they feature the story: “Why We Must Ban the Volkswagon”  WTF?

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(14)-(15) A couple found photos of a girl and her phone… which, as far as I can tell, isn’t plugged in!

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(16) The lovely Barbara Bouchet in Sex with a Smile, a 1976 Italian comedy film also starring Marty Feldman and Edwige Fenech.

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(17) Detective Cases – April 1965

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(18) American Crime Magazine, (19) “The Girls of Ma Bell”

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(20) Lynne O’Neill AKA “The Original Garter Girl”, (21)  unkown

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(22) Sorrisi e Canzoni TV – November 1975

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(23) Grande Hotel (1976), (24) Neue Revue (May 1976)

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(25) Tonight magazine, 1959

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(26) – (27)

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(28) found photograph

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(29) Clear winner for the most bedazzled phone on this list

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(30) Lenny Dee – real name Leonard DeStoppelaire…. I can see why he changed it.

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(31) – (32) A couple paperbacks – one featuring a retro style red phone that I love.  They were popular in Europe – you can spot them fairly often in European flicks from the late 1960s-1970s.

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(33) This advert is from 1987 – accounting for inflation, the cheapest car phones are $1671!

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(34) – (35)

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(36) – (37) amateur found photographs

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(38) Playboy – October 1969

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(39) VHS cover for Lynda Carter’s 1982 film Hotline

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(40) Carnival magazine – October 1973

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(41) I don’t recall Pippa in a Cinderella pantomime… but I sure as hell remember her in Vampire Lovers (1970) and Lust for a Vampire (1971)

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(42)

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(43) – (44) Mayfair October 1966

 

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(45) Your reward for hanging in there for the whole list: the album “I’m in Love with Michael Jackson’s Answerphone”.

  • Freakanatcha

    “If she’s talking to one of the Village People, I’ve got bad news for her.” wins the internet today.

  • AB

    #29 – the bedazzled phone … What is wrong with her foot?

    • TN Traveler

      Sorry, I must have missed the phone part…

  • timdub70

    #1 was put out by Beatrice Foods, which started out as a creamery in Beatrice (pronounced Be-AT-riss), Nebraska in the 1880s. Roughly a decade later, as simply “Beatrice”, it was a big conglomerate that had commercials all over TV and was a sponsor of Mario Andretti’s car.

  • njguy54

    Good to know that women wear so few clothes when talking on the phone (including Margot Kidder in her see-thru blouse).

  • Bosda, The Raccoon Philosopher