I'm a bit late posting today because I've been out scouring antique shops for story inspiration. While my Toriana universe does not have telephones (and will not as long as I have something to say about it) I thought this ornate boudoir version was quite interesting:
Smart phones may be able to realign the Hubble, but they will never have this sort of overblown charm. What I took away from the piece is how important it used to be for things to be as decorative as they were functional -- a good reminder for me when I'm crafting gizmos and gadgets for my world.
Stay tuned this week for more pics of my antique research junket and my notes on what I learned from it.