Magnet pictures a 1949 advertisement for the Western Electric's 302G telephone. Designed by famous product designer Henry Dreyfuss and introduced in 1936, twenty five million Western Electric model 302 telephones were produced during the icon's twenty year history. It was the first Western Electric telephone to combine everything in one case rather than the ringer placed in a separate box. The joyfully beefy F1 handset was compatible with the prior Western Electric phone model. Early models were made of black painted pot metal. Colored models were added the following year but paint wear was a common complaint until 1941 when a plastic version was introduced.
In the mid 1950s the plastic phone was offered in pink, red, green, blue and ivory, as well as two-tone versions.