While the GPO used their extensive stock of Tele 221s for its wallphones from the 1930s, some manufacturers produced innovative wall phones in bakelite. This is GEC’s Muraphone, which is considered by many to be a piece of Art Deco, or even ‘after Corbusier’.

The Muraphone used in offices was usually black, but an ivory version (see below) was produced for use in luxury hotels and ocean liners. It featured a buzzer instead of a bell, as traditional magneto bells would ‘ting’ as the ship swayed. It had an elasticated handset cord.

Ivory Muraphone