Telephone Fairy by WinonaCookie


Small (16.3" x 23.2")


Sizing Information

Small 16.3" x 23.2"
Medium 23.2" x 33.1"
Large 32.8" x 46.9"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Printed on 185gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut to three maximum sizes – A2, A1 & A0
  • 5mm white border to assist in framing
  • Tack them to your bedroom door, or frame

While it is widely known that Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, few people are aware of the way in which he came upon the idea. Besides being an inventor, Alexander also worked with deaf students in an effort to help them communicate more effectively. One of his favorite pupils was a fetching young lady, Mabel, who lost her hearing after a childhood bout of scarlet fever. After lessons, she and Alexander would repair to the conservatory for tea and cakes and he would often share his struggles with his latest inventions. When the concept for the telephone began to come to him, Mabel assured him in all earnestness that such a device already existed – why, she had seen one in the garden that very morning! She pulled out her sketchpad and carefully drew the apparatus you see here. You see, one would merely deliver a message into the handset, storing it in the Phonetic Teleportation device. May Bell, a tiny fairy, would then pilot it to one’s desired recipient who could then listen to it. For non-hearing individuals, such as Mabel, May Bell would deliver a small scroll with the message typed out upon it. If Mabel was expecting Alexander to erupt into laughter at her preposterous but entertaining story, she was disappointed. He was utterly taken with the elegance of the design she had sketched out and dashed off to his laboratory, nearly upending his teacup in the process. While his final invention included no fairy, it bore a striking resemblance to Mabel’s design. Because they eventually married, Mabel confined her mention of the circumstances to her personal diary. And while many assume that Ma Bell was named after Alexander, it was actually Mabel’s fairy that inspired the company name.

May Bell and her owl companion, Graham, are depicted in hand cut, hand assembled vintage images on a handpainted 5” x 7” x 3/4” stretched gallery canvas. Accented with handmade paper, Dresden trim, brass rivets, and grosgrain ribbon, it also features (gently) moveable wings. A charming piece for your office or telephone nook, May Bell and her telephonic conveyance are sure to delight.

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at Originals available – check for availability.
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  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 4 years ago

    perfect! love the wings she has:))

  • I swiped those off of a blowfly ::eek!"::

    – WinonaCookie

  • Karri
    Karriabout 4 years ago

    this is fabulous!

  • Thanks, Karri!

    – WinonaCookie

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature!

    – WinonaCookie

  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature, Robyn :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiabout 4 years ago

    Most excellent. Love it Love it Love it

  • thankyouthankyouthankyou!

    – WinonaCookie

  • evon ski
    evon skiabout 4 years ago

    wonderful illustration and that story rocks!! Thanks for the lift!

  • you’re most welcome, yvonca and thanks for your kind comments :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • Thelma Van Rensburg
    Thelma Van Ren...about 4 years ago


  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 4 years ago


    PERMANENT FEATURE PAGE- “One Year Celebration”

  • Thanks so much for the feature :-).

    – WinonaCookie

  • katakiosk
    katakioskabout 4 years ago

    wow, your work is great!!!

  • Thank you!

    – WinonaCookie

  • mickpro
    mickproabout 4 years ago

    wow, i didn’t know that story, now i am enlightened every time i use my phone.

  • Technology is great, isn’t it? ;-)

    – WinonaCookie

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