This is not a vintage phone...it has pushbuttons. (I originally bought it for my retro guest room, which is now occupied by Frank.) It does the job. It doesn't take messages, but you get a dial tone, which is important in an emergency.
We had a power outage a few weeks ago. A strong wind caused some power lines to go down which stared a brush fire, and the electric company no, the other one had to turn the power off before the fire dept could put out the fire.
In addition to the phone, I got out my alternate lighting devices.
And one of these.
Ever seen one of those? I made Frank use it. I think he's seen one before on camping trips.
I believe our power will be out again today, due to replacement of a pole. A neighbor came over last night and warned us...he had a letter from the electric company which we hadn't gotten. I've had problems ever since I tried their e-bills and recently called them to go back to paper. Apparently the e-bills cut off all communication whatsoever?
So wish us luck for our powerless day.
...UPDATE...1:00 and I still have power..