When one thinks of an antique telephone, the image of an old crank wall phone generally comes to mind. Since its invention in 1876 the telephone evolved along with the technology of the time. Not only was there an evolution in the instruments but many different manufacturers produced various styles and a certain uniqueness to their wall and desk telephones. The uniqueness of the old telephones has become very attractive and many people have found these to be interesting collectables. The pages on this site will provide links to the history of the telephone and the histories of a number of current telephone companies.