Doodling Archives: A torch lamp and push button phone circa 1993 & 1979

I am finally going through my office, which has been boxed for over a year since departing my last church ministry. Besides finding my Spock bobblehead piece, I found an old sketch book. This sketch is from 1993 and is a study of a halogen torch lamp and an old-school push button phone.

As my wife and I started out our new life together, Target had plenty of these lamps. They were all the rage back in the day. But, the phone from say 1979? That was old for even back then. Wireless handhelds were popular, but I am sure there was a spare room that included this phone which forever is captured in my sketchbook.

If you have ever used an old AT&T phone you can imagine with me the weight of that thing. The handset was identical to the feel of every pay phone of the day which could be used as a weapon if it were not attached with a cord stronger than a titanium chain. Dropping the phone was not a problem, since engineers back then made sure it would not shatter like the cheap ones made after the breaking up of MaBell.

Two items from yesteryear remind me of how time flies and of how ordinary objects become museum pieces or end up in a sketch book. So, the future person who reads this soon-to-be-ancient blog post might be wondering  what it was like to even have a blog, let alone read one.

Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


  1. I came here from Charity’s blog, too. I have a secret love affair (alas! no longer secret) with sketches – the simple capturing on plain paper with a pencil. Thanks for these.
    Beyond that, though, your ending comment about the blogging as a form that will likely pass quickly and be forgotten. Yes, I feel that, too, and wonder what outlets technology will bring us next and next and next. There will always be a need and a place for the simple capturing.

    1. Hi Marilyn, 
      I love sketching. I need to keep it up. 🙂

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