Calling All Collectors: Vintage Telephones Amass Devoted Crowd

Large collections, rare phones turn up at the annual Antique Telephone Collector's Assn. spring show

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From the top: A display of candlestick phones; Al Farmer, Lincoln, Neb., holds up a string phone dating to 1881; Randy Benton of Arkansas City, Kan., shows one of his restored wooden box phones; inside one of Benton's wooden box phones, showing the electromagnetic coils that sent the signals to the switchboard operator, and multiple outgoing lines mounted on the outside of the same phone.