Phones of the Day:Nortel SME/Home Phone Catalog 1996

Found deep in a design magazine from 1996 that I just pulled off the shelf, here is a very well graphically designed Analog phone catalog from Nortel.  These phones powered my 4 years of dorm life at Purdue.  The 8003 was my phone first semester Freshman year, then the 8009 was with me for the second spring semester.

Then I returned in fall of 1996 with an 8314 2 line phone.  I remember going to pick up this cool phone with my Dad at a place called Tri Electronics in Hammond, IN. I waited for weeks the summer of 1996 for the phone to arrive.  It was really great to have and I brought it back to school in the fall of 1996 and everyone in the dorm thought I was so advanced.  I didn’t have a need for CLID services because Purdue was still operating on the old GTE phone system.  By October, I visited the local GTE Phone Mart and picked up a 9417 on clearance for $150, almost half off the list price.  If that wasn’t enough, in December I picked up a Maestro cordless phone for a mere $50!  In the second semester of Sophmore year in 1997, I purchased an M9417 phone because Purdue was switching over to a Meridian SL100 switch, so I wanted to have the CLID capabilities.   I carried these phones with me through the rest of my years at Purdue and at my apartment in Grand Rapids until 2001 when I was given a Norstar DR5.1 switch.

I still remember how nice it was of my Dad to take me to get that first phone, and today he sees how far it has taken me and is happy for that!  Thanks Dad!

Here are photos from the catalog!  Enjoy!

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