A Man Collects Old Phones – level 3

22-10-2020 07:00

Hassan al-Tourky is Egypt’s vintage telephone collector, who collects and restores old telephones.

Some of al-Tourky’s collections date back to the 1800s and they were once owned by famous persons like Egypt’s late King Farouq. King Farouq’s phone dates back to 1933, and it is specifically used in the royal court. Al-Tourky also owns Charlie Chaplin’s telephone that was hung on the wall and one that was placed on his desk.

The family-run shop does not make much money; however, it is run with a passion for preserving history. The 65-year-old collector buys some phones from villas, palaces, or auctions; however, some of the phones were left by al-Tourky’s father, who loved them, just like al-Tourky does. He keeps them for himself and his sons who share his passion.

Difficult words: vintage (something from the past that is of high quality), passion (a strong feeling of excitement for something), preserve (to protect something and keep it in its original or current state).

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