Very rare White Bakelite GECoPhone from 1930's


The Gecophone was used in many prestige installations such as the Queen Mary and the Royal Train. When the Queen Mary ended her service, quite a few of these phones reached private collections. Most were collected in the US because that was where she was decommissioned and converted to a floating hotel at Long Beach California.

They are easily recognised by the unique dial lable offering ship to shore telephone calls from the passenger’s own stateroom and by the different shaped handset cradle.  

It is worth noting on the pictures of my own example that they also had a unique “Gold” cir-clip holding the dial lable in place.

Commissioned to be one of the greatest Atlantic Ocean Liners, Queen Mary's interiors were designed in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Smooth Art-Deco lines were the style of the day and that influenced the ships design and selection of fittings.  

The Ivory Gecophone shown in the attached pictures was an ideal choice at that time – obviously GEC would have been delighted to have their phone selected for the QM staterooms. Quite advanced, at that time a passenger could also place a call from ship to shore. 

The picture below shows a First Class Stateroom complete with Ivory Gecophone in the right hand corner.






With rarer Black Bakelite GECoPhone from 1930's








This last picture clearly shows the difference in the cradle shape between the "standard" GECoPhone and the phones described above. The "Queen Mary" style cradle provides a better blend with the pyramid case and gives the phone a slightly lower profile.