Hi Woodsy, All of my adult life I've had an odd passion for collecting a few things from bygone times, including telephones. I've attached pix of a couple of old phones and rusty telephone signs which I've been fortunate enough to find and enjoy over the years. You're welcome you use them to illustrate your article if you wish.
My fave is the vintage black bakelite, with the amber light near the handset. At some point in the past this phone was customised and used as a 'backstage' theatre phone. It's dated 1943. I've never wanted to clean it. I prefer instead to leave it covered in its original theatre dust and greasepaint. To remove its history would just be wrong. Ah, if only it could talk... what tales it would tell of life during the war years!
Best Wishes, Tony K