Table phone or desk phone?

Table phone or desk phone?
For many years the phones made by major North American manufacturers (other than GTE) were nearly identical, and usually followed AT&T's designs.

Strangely, the follow-the-leader game did not always apply to product descriptions.

This photo of phone boxes from the early 1980s shows that AT&T considered phones designed for use on horizontal surfaces to be "table phones," but the ITT (later Cortelco) and Comdial (previously Stromberg-Carlson) models were "desk phones."