Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Old-Style Telephones that work when the power is off

When Needle Nicely had the roof come off after Hurricane Wilma and we moved very swiftly to relocate, the electricity was off.  However, I still had my old blue rotary dial telephone from eons ago.  I plugged it in to our former location and the telephone company could then forward our calls to our new location.  However, because of mold issues, I couldn't rescue the phone.  After talking with some friends, I discovered that places like Wal-Mart and K-Mart sell those old phones--though these are not rotary style, but rather princess phones.

My husband couldn't believe it when I pulled out of my bag of tricks this Princess-style phone that I purchased in 2005 after Wilma and stashed in the voluminous head board of our bed (my husband has yet to discover this cache, even though this was his bedroom suite when we met!).

I have just plugged it in, because I know we will need it after the latest hurricane status report.
If you live in an area with many power outages, this is not a bad investment.  I can't remember what I paid, but it couldn't have been over $20.00.  It's worth having it tucked in the back closet!


  1. Hope the storm doesn't cause any damage your way.

  2. Great tip, MA. We have two since cell phones don't work reliably in our area. When the power goes off, so does the water, Internet, cordless phones, lights, tv, etc. At least we can always call someone. Stay safe, by the way. Hugs from Chilly Hollow!

  3. Sending you good thoughts on Friday morning as the storm passes you!