What Can You Do With an Old Garfield Phone?

This week a 35 year old mystery in France has been solved. Why have these “Garfield phones” been washing up on the beach randomly for so long. Well it was recently discovered that a shipping container has somehow made its way into a cave, and the phones have been getting dispersed from them.

This story is strange, but it makes you think about just how much tech waste keeps making its way into places where it shouldn’t. It’s especially interesting because it’s not like the typical person is interested in this sort of technology – most homes are moving off of landline phones as everyone goes mobile.

So landline phones like this Garfield one are a type of waste that can be recycled for the metals inside of them, or for a savvy upcycler they represent a handful of interesting parts to work with.

Here is a video that talks about how the classic phone works:

So a few items that someone could use:

  • Microphone
  • Speaker
  • Tone generator
  • Keypad
  • Wires and Cables

There is also a switch, and more modern cordless phones open up a few new parts such as LCD screens, battery chargers, wireless transmitters and receivers.

This should also get you thinking about what you can do with old cellphones, and can they be integrated into any home or art project?

Further Reading:

Parts of a Landline Phone
Things You Can Do With Old Phones