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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What's It??? (What's It Wednesday Linky Party)

Got any ideas?
A knife handle maybe?

It has to be a wax seal, right?

It’s a phone dialer!

This sweet little novelty is from the era of glamour, the 1940s, when elegance reigned. What Hollywood Starlet would risk a chip or break to a perfectly manicured nail?

Can’t you just see Lauren Bacall taking this for a spin? 
Fits perfectly!

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We want to give a big thank you to all of you who linked up, visited, or wished us well on our “Linky Launch”. We’d love to have you back to share your amazing what’s its or… Whatever! 

We had so much fun visiting all of the wonderful posts that were linked up to our very first linky party. Here are our picks of the week. Be sure to visit these amazing posts:

Karen, over at Shabby Sweet Cottage, took a very ordinary Dollar Store ornament and made it extraordinary.

Barbara at 21 Rosemary Lane, created a beautiful and elegant mantel.

Vanna of Delusions of Grandeur, shared her gorgeous mantel mirror in her "Shabby Little Powder Room". 

 Don't miss this gorgeous French hutch at Comfy Little Place. The transformation is amazing!

Theresa at The Old White House made a fabulous advent calendar that is not to be believed.  

Finally, this will make you "SEW" happy when you look at all the hand stitched magic at Shabbily By The Sea.

Patti & Paula

Remember, it's not a party without you!


Angie @ Knick of Time said...

How funny, yet beautiful it is! I never would have guess what it was.

Angie @ Knick of Time Interiors

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Love it! So classy! I could use one of those right now! LOL!

Angela Richardson said...

What a delight this is. I loved the feel of those circular dials on telephones and the satisfying brrr... as it wound back.
Ah Memories!!!
Hugs, Angela.

Danice G said...

Wow! I have never heard of a phone dialer. How interesting. Makes good sense, though, doesn't it? Plus, it is so elegantly designed and pretty.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

At first I thought it was a tussie, then I saw the closed end. That's a very pretty one.

Julie Marie said...

Hello ladies... oooh, I already knew what it was!... the 40's is my very favorite era in time... I often say I wish I had been born earlier than I was so I could have experienced those glamorous, romantic years... yes, I can just see Lauren Bacall dialing Bogie up late at night, not wanting to break her perfectly manicured nail... love your vintage phone as well... I am ready to link up when you put the link out there... soo much fun!... xoxo Julie Marie

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

I love it! I would have never guessed.


Pam @ Frippery said...

Ohh so fabulous! What a fun and elegant little tool.

Tina´s PicStory said...

that´s so cool! you have a wonderful blog :)

Tina said...

Those would actually come in useful now a days, push buttons can be such a pain!!! My mother could have used one. I remember her using a pencil or pen to dial the phone.

I had a reproduction of that phone, in my bedroom as a teenager. I loved it...........all my friends hated using it!

Thanks so much for posting!

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

What a great idea and how totally glamous it is. Although, back in the day when I got my nails done, I could have used it too. I love 30s and 40s for glamour. Those satin gowns were so sexy.

Savannah Granny said...

Boy, how old I feel. I have one of those. It is even monogramed. I will have to dig it out. Kim over at Wow Us Wed showed one one day. She thought it was a letter opener I meant to tell her what it was but forgot about it until I saw this.
Hey, I am joining up this week. Congratulations on your success. Blessings, Ginger

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh, what vintage goodness!!! Gorgeous!!! And I'm so excited--I'm the first person to link up!!

Faye said...

I love that dialer...what fun that would be to own! This is my first time linking to your party. Thank you for hosting!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Oh that is fantastic!!! Wow, those really WERE the day! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my goodness - I never would have guessed! How lovely! I've never heard of a phone dialer before. Thanks for hosting!


Couldn't imagine what that was, wow. Such classy thing worth of classic Hollywood movie stars! Thank you so much for hosting and having me, with such fun party. Merry Christmas.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Thanks so much for hosting this great party! Always happy to link up!!

poppilinnstudios said...

Hi Ladies! Thanks for hosting. Love seeing everyone's creations. Love that phone dialer!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love it. How fun is this. Thanks for hosting such a fun party and thanks for the invite. Hugs, Marty

At The Picket Fence said...

Hi girls! Wow what a lovely item and what a treasure to have! Thank you for hosting the party, glad to be joining again this week.


Barb said...

Hi girls, lovely!

Thanks ever so much for hosting.

Barb ♥

Tracy said...

That is so interesting, I never would have guessed that is what it was, but it makes perfect sense!

Unknown said...

What a fun find! The 1940s were as full of one use only gizmos as the Victorian era--I saw a vintage add for a toaster that only toasted a half a piece of toast for breakfast for one!

The Vintage Chateau said...

A phone dialer! You always find the most unique and elegant items from the past!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my! Isn't that something! Yes, I can just see one of those stars using this to dial! :)
Thanks for hosting your party.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, my! Isn't that something! Yes, I can just see one of those stars using this to dial! :)
Thanks for hosting your party.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

An Oasis in the Desert said...

I have seen those used in old movies, but I doubt it would have registered. It is very elegant. I'm looking forward to your party.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thank you for inviting me to add my dress form giveaway! I know every girl loves dress forms, Good luck hope your are a winner! Thank you for hosting! Hang on one second I am going to go back and add your link to the post!!


Fete et Fleur said...

Hi, Patti!

I love that amazing phone dialer. Talk about glamour! I think I need one. I have a rotary phone in one of my rooms. This little baby makes me want to replace all of my digital phones. I linked up with a simple post. Hope you like it.


john said...

I had no idea what that clever !! And I do like a guessing game... what fun ! Gail x

Anonymous said...

I was going to guess a champagne stirrer. But little prongs come out of the ends of those. But I love the phone dialer use too. And it is very elegant. :) Wonder how we could adapt it to use today? Happy WIW. xoxo

STARDUST said...

What a unique blog you've got there! Just found you and linked up! Oh... and I'm your newest follower!

Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor said...

I for sure didn't know what it was. I was really surprised.

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi ladies, just wondering if you received my email that I sent several days ago, just need your address so I can ship your tote bag to you. Just email me when you get a chance and I will get it shipped out to you!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Tina said...

Thank you for hosting the party.

Karen said...

That is so cool, I never knew a phone dialer existed. Thanks so much for featuring my project. I'm so honored and flattered and grateful. Thanks again!

At The Picket Fence said...

How neat is that?! Just as amazing is seeing that phone! :-) You ladies are just so lovely and we appreciate you hosting us!

Karen said...

Hey Ladies I'm back again and late. What time does this linky go live? for some reason I cant seem to catch up lol. I'm happy to link up again. Thanks so much for hosting.

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Thank you Patti and Paula very much for featuring my Christmas Mantel this week. I am honored to be selected and to be featured along with such beautiful posts.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

For the girl who has "Everything" I love this as I use to use a pencil to dial the olden phones as I have always had long finger nails ha ha!! Thanks for sharing yet another of your great collections my dear friends..Happy Wednesday to you both..Hugs and smiles Gloria

lvroftiques said...

I NEED one of those! Lol! I'm forever breaking a nail while doing something silly like pressing the button to open the microwave door!*winks*

Awww thanks so much you two for featuring my little powder room. Y'all are the sweetest!
I can tell this party is going to be one of my favorites! You two always have the coolest things!
I'm back for more fun....Can't wait to see what everyone else has to share! Love you guys! Vanna

Holly said...

I just found your site and I'm so glad I did. I am your newest follower!

Cottage and Broome said...

A phone dialer never would have guessed it! Thanks for hosting again this week. Laura

Elaine said...

In the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly and Paul go into Tiffany's and decide to buy something. The only item they can afford is a sterling silver telephone dialer! $6.75! They decide against it and had something engraved instead. I would have gone for the dialer if it was as pretty as yours!

Creating Wonderful Spaces

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Patty I knew what is was right off the bat :) (I hate to sound like a know it all) But my grandma had one for ther Hollywood California home and I loved playing with it....
Thank you for the memory recall :)

Now girl what would I do without your encouragement in the comments you leave after your beautiful visits :)
Thank you for your support, I just wanted to bring a little Christmas Drama with the theatre and the opera to Christmas!

Merry Christmas Girls,
thanking you for the invite to share my art.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

AHHHHHHHHH! THIS IS SO PERFECTLY BEAUTIFUL PATTI! Thank you ever so much for the invitation to join!!! Now, tell me again...teeeheee...I am not good with these do I join? Do I just give you the links to my posts HERE and then you snatch the photo?????? HELP!

You are so kind to come by. MERCI!!! And what lovely wares! I LOVE THAT ADVENT CALENDAR with the crown! Anita

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh I remember I was at a ladies house years ago and she had that on her little phone table , it was like a bench she could sit down in the hall way and talk on her phone.
The younger gals won't know about it because it was when we only had rotary dial phones, back in the day

Thanks for visiting me and reminding me to visit ya all

It is always fun to come over here and look around.


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What great inspiration you shared with us.. hugs ~lynne~

Cindy Adkins said...

I just had to share my awesome news with you both--My book, "Blogging: It's a 'Woman' Thing" hit Number 1 in women blogging yesterday on Amazon! I was so thrilled, I had to tell you!!

Unknown said...

...fabulous to be here and join along with you creative souls ~ thank you for the invite!

xo, Rosemary

Olive said...

Patti, thanks for thinking of me. You know Joe and I buy and re-sell things and sometimes we do run across something beautiful and old but we do not know much about it. Now we can post it here. Thank bunches for hosting. Happy Christmas ♥ O

French-Kissed said...

I would have never guessed this...makes me miss my lemon yellow "trimline" dial phone...I had in high school.


Sue said...

How fun to own this piece of history! Life back then seemed so much more romantic, didn't it? At least in the movies! LOL Thanks for hosting this new party, girls! ~ Sue

Anonymous said...

Oh its fabulous!
A phone dialer in one hand and a cigarette holder in the other,total glamour!
Thank you for featuring me i'm honored and blushing :)
Have a beautiful week xxx

Boxwood Cottage said...

Thank your for your sweet comment Patti over on my blog! Of course I linked up right away! Love that antique telephone dialer!
Sending you warmest wishes for a cory 3rd of Advent from stormy Germany
Carola x

Dumpster Diva said...

I LOVE that dialing thingy! Anything from te 40's has a special place in my heart!!! Thank you for sharing over at Dumpster Diva! I'm new to linky parties, so everyone is welcome to stop by and link up with me!!!

Rebecca said...

Would never have guessed that one... very glamorous indeed.
Thanks for stopping by

Kristel said...

Who would have thought! What a wonderful little gadget, thanks for enlightening us.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Thanks SO much for inviting me to your linky party AND for your VERY sweet comments on my blog!!! I hope this will be a weekly party, I will love to be a part of it! XO, Pinky

Karena said...

A gorgeous piece!! I love it!!Thank you so much for visiting!

The 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!! The French Basketeer has a special offering right now and there are more gifts open to enter!


Art by Karena

Georgianna said...

Wow, fabulous! I would not have guessed. Such a fun post. :)

Lots of great places to visit in your party, too!

xo – g

The Charm of Home said...

How neat is that phone dialer! You are having a very successful party over here! I was hospitalized two weeks ago and some things have slipped by me. Just now getting back up to speed. I will hop over and join you soon. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I've never seen one of those! How wonderful!
I have a trunk of unusual items from the Victorian persiod, and one that I love (and do not know the correct name) is what they used to crimp the cuffs on their sleeves to design a "rippled look". It's similar to a small iron. I should have included it with my recent post of my holiday decorations in my Victorian home. I love to use what has been handed down to me through the years...everything I own has such historical significance, not to mention it all comes from family members, which is priceless to me.
I LOVE your blog--always so informative ...and simply beautiful!
Wishing you a magical holiday season~

Karena said...

Wonderful ideas, finds, gifts;I love it all!

Come to enter the latest Giveaway from Design du Monde! It is a Framed Antique Architectural Print!

Art by Karena

Diann said...

I would have never guessed what that was! but, it is so unique and beautiful! Thank you for sharing at TTF and I hope you are having a wonderful week!


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