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Sun Jan 20, 2019, 11:59 AM

Can you remember the dark ages?

Like, waaay, waaay back? This one was push-button. Before that was rotary dial...


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Reply Can you remember the dark ages? (Original post)
True Dough Jan 2019 OP
hlthe2b Jan 2019 #1
tblue37 Jan 2019 #3
Harker Jan 2019 #5
NJCher Jan 2019 #12
Towlie Jan 2019 #18
LeftInTX Jan 2019 #33
Laffy Kat Jan 2019 #46
tblue37 Jan 2019 #2
MuseRider Jan 2019 #4
True Dough Jan 2019 #6
Laffy Kat Jan 2019 #47
Harker Jan 2019 #7
MuseRider Jan 2019 #10
BlueSpot Jan 2019 #41
area51 Jan 2019 #8
MuseRider Jan 2019 #9
True Dough Jan 2019 #11
zanana1 Jan 2019 #44
Aristus Jan 2019 #20
Stuart G Jan 2019 #13
FiveGoodMen Jan 2019 #28
Stuart G Jan 2019 #29
RobinA Jan 2019 #40
Freddie Jan 2019 #14
Wounded Bear Jan 2019 #15
Laffy Kat Jan 2019 #48
Wounded Bear Jan 2019 #49
Shrike47 Jan 2019 #54
madamesilverspurs Jan 2019 #16
True Dough Jan 2019 #17
Hotler Jan 2019 #19
Brother Buzz Jan 2019 #21
lindysalsagal Jan 2019 #22
hunter Jan 2019 #23
True Dough Jan 2019 #24
LeftInTX Jan 2019 #34
jmowreader Jan 2019 #25
empedocles Jan 2019 #26
matt819 Jan 2019 #27
Lars39 Jan 2019 #30
Delmette2.0 Jan 2019 #31
struggle4progress Jan 2019 #32
Kaleva Jan 2019 #35
True Dough Jan 2019 #36
Kaleva Jan 2019 #37
True Dough Jan 2019 #38
Kaleva Jan 2019 #39
True Dough Jan 2019 #42
Rhiannon12866 Jan 2019 #43
jpak Jan 2019 #45
Stuart G Jan 2019 #50
empedocles Jan 2019 #51
Siwsan Jan 2019 #52
defacto7 Jan 2019 #53
Thunderbeast Jan 2019 #55

Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:06 PM

1. My grandmother had a telephone table (antique even then) holding a rotary dial black phone

between the living/sitting room and dining room. I still miss the rings of old time telephones and the sounds made when you dialed them (and yes, I know you can add the ring tone to your cell phone-but it isn't the same).

A wall phone was too modern for her. LOL

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:11 PM

3. Yes, we had that same set up. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:35 PM

5. I had an aunt who had a phone table

in a dedicated phone room under the stairs to the second floor.

I'm suddenly feeling pretty nostalgic. In a good way.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 01:03 PM

12. sounds

I still miss the rings of old time telephones and the sounds made when you dialed them

One ringa dinga, two ringa dinga dinga.

Do an image search for "vintage telephone alcoves." Found one that reminded me of my aunt's alcove in a high-rise in Chicago. The alcove was built-in and the black phone sat on a round table about 9" across, which fit right into the alcove. There was a comfy chair by the phone and oh how I loved to sit there and talk on the phone like a grown-up did. Felt so important!

The other thing I loved to do in that Chicago high rise was look out the window on the street below. The cars and people looked like toys.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 05:32 PM

18. My Mom had the same thing. Here's a picture:

Last edited Sat Jan 26, 2019, 11:49 AM - Edit history (1)

Here's my Mom's rotary-dial phone on a phone table with my own phone laying next to it.



I took the photo six years ago. Mom's gone now and I don't know what became of the phone.

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Response to Towlie (Reply #18)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 10:35 PM

33. We had that same ugly thing when we first got married!

It was the cheapest model. (We were cheap)

We kept it until 1995 or something like that..

We ditched it for a cordless. Until we got a cordless, there was no reason to get another one.

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 04:36 PM

46. They were called gossip benches.

I found an antique one when I was living in a restored Victorian in Capitol Hill, Denver. This was before cell phones. It was darling. There was a little open space under the top where you kept your phone book. I miss old phones, too, and LOVED the dialing noise. Sigh.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:10 PM

2. Yep. Even the black rotary dial desk phone (with party line)! nt

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:31 PM

4. In my first house

when I got married I put one in the kitchen (my first wall phone with the long cord) once I had babies I even bought a special "thingy" that kept that long cord from twisting into a short cord. Remember having to say, "Wait a minute I need to untwist the phone." then standing on a chair and letting it spin? What a pain in the ass that was. God I am old! To think we are talking about this kind of thing. LOL!

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:38 PM

6. Yes, I remember letting the receiver dangle

and spinning to untwist. Pain in the ass, agreed!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 04:37 PM

47. I dunno. It was kind of satisfying. nt

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:39 PM

7. Technology dies hard and fast these days.

I remember the first push button phone I saw. You might even say it was "space age."

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Response to Harker (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:50 PM

10. LOL! n/t

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 11:36 PM

41. Still have to do that now and then for the blow dryer

I guess it will live on in some fashion.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:39 PM

8. Two teens try to figure out how to use a rotary phone.

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Response to area51 (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:48 PM

9. I saw this somewhere else but did not watch it

until now when I saw it was a 4 minute video. I would have thought it was self explanatory but I see it is not. Wow. They were not even stupid, they just simply did not know and tried everything they knew about their phones now. Interesting and funny too.

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Response to area51 (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 12:52 PM

11. Ha ha!

Thanks for that. Makes me feel a little better about staring at my smart phone with a blank expression when I'm trying to figure out how my "ring tone" mysteriously changed on me.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #11)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 08:38 AM

44. I'm still messing up my ring tone! nt

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Response to area51 (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 01:13 PM

20. I love how, every time they ran out of ideas, they would pick the receiver up

and place it back down again. I guess they thought they were resetting or rebooting it.

Interesting way of showing that technological bafflement goes both ways. I'll bet those young men have had no end of frustration trying to show their elders how to use computers or smart phones.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 01:38 PM

13. Right Now, today, in my kitchen..I have rotary dial phone..

...Sometimes when the directions are to push a button, I have to go upstairs to find my button phone. Just like on that wall..but not a wall phone, a button desk phone.. Yes, I have a "cell phone" that I carry around with me for "emergency" but what the hell, and you know what?..........It is "Amazing I'm still alive"
......(Yes the dial phone works..I can dial numbers if I want..usually I go upstairs to the push button phone, cause that is where my list of numbers is)..

....The dial phones at that time were all made in a factory in Cicero, Illinois not too far from where I live..Now all the phones are made outside the U.S.A. I might add this, the sound on the dial phone, (bought in the early 80s) and the "push button, (that was bought in the early 90s) is much louder and clearer than the sound on the cell phone. So the sound is a much higher quality than the tiny cell phone...Just wanted to add that for your information.....Yes, I will say it again...it still works..!!

....The dial phone in the kitchen is really an "extension phone" I rarely dial, I just pick it up when the phone rings to talk to somebody. Yes, the dial does work, and sometimes I do dial people. Have a good day!!!

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #13)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 01:00 PM

28. Have one on my laundry-room wall

Black with rotary dial.

Original with the house ('62)

(Still works)

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #28)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 01:06 PM

29. That is one of the facts about those phones. They still work.

They were built right here in the United States. And they were built to last..That is built to last a very long time. Mine is from 83. .. Yes it still works too. My phone that sits on a table. If you look at post 18, that is what my phone looks like, but it is tan............ALSO:

The sound that you get from the people that you call, is clearer than most modern phones. Not only clearer but louder so you can hear better, mainly because you have a earpiece (large round thing) which is designed to hear well.....

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #29)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 11:30 PM

40. Remember When

you first started to be able to buy phones and whoever used to make those indestructible phones had an ad comparing its own engineered-to-last phones with everybody else’s “second class phones”? Still today I pick up phones and think, “second class phones.” I frankly hate this crap we have today, and the fact that you can’t cradle it against your shoulder and have both hands free. The whole cordless thing is nice, but it doesn’t make up for cradling.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 01:46 PM

14. Grandma

Had her only phone, a heavy black rotary-dial, on the kitchen counter. In rural York County Pennsylvania she had to get an operator to make a long-distance call in the 70s. The nearby town had a mom-and-pop phone company.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 02:15 PM

15. During my youngest years, pre-teen...

our phone was in the neighbor's house.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 04:41 PM

48. Remember party lines?

I had a girlfriend who lived out in the boonies in Arkansas and they had a party line. You had to wait to see if it was "your ring" before picking it up. You could also listen in on other parties conversations. There were no secrets in that county.

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #48)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 05:08 PM

49. Never had one...

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Response to Laffy Kat (Reply #48)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:22 PM

54. Dear H and I had a party line until the late 80's, as I remember it. We only quit when the tel. co.

stopped offering it.

Grew up, of course, with one rotary, in the kitchen. You could talk to your boyfriend if you wanted, but not exactly private.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 02:43 PM

16. Twenty-some years ago

the state's department of revenue took a tentative step into higher tech by offering tax filing via telephone. I figured what-the-heck and gave it a try.

The call was answered by a recording that gave instructions on how to proceed, it went something like this: "If you have all your information prepared, please press 1. If you are calling from a rotary phone, please press 2."

I filed a paper return.


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Response to madamesilverspurs (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 20, 2019, 04:21 PM

17. That would be a fitting story for

Reader's Digest. The "Life's Like That" section. Remember that?

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 12:05 PM

19. Remember 20ft of the coiled cord so you were mobile around the house. nt

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Response to Hotler (Reply #19)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 02:05 PM

21. I remember when 20ft of straight cords would mysteriously shrink

It twisted around and around, so tight one couldn't uncoil it because it would start reverse coiling on itself. Ours got so bad, my mom called the telephone company and they happily came out and disconnected the hardwired telephone from the cord to help uncoil it. I kid you not!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 02:53 PM

22. In the kitchen, no privacy, & your father nonstop saying "Get off the phone, someone might call"

How did we ever get here????

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 03:08 PM

23. What? I still live like that.

Before our kids were grown and moved away they'd befuddle their friends showing them the big black Model 500 Western Electric dial phone on my desk. These phones were built tough, literally tough enough to survive nuclear war.



I have a pink Trimline phone with a dial in my workshop.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Western_Electric_telephones


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Response to hunter (Reply #23)

Mon Jan 21, 2019, 03:13 PM

24. At some point in time,

I'd bet that close to half of homes in the country had phones like the top photo in your post. Those things were very common, partly because, as you noted, they were so durable.

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Response to hunter (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 10:41 PM

34. The black one was probably used to inflict harm on people now and then

Nasty projectile!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 12:29 PM

25. Those were the Good Old Days

The Dark Ages are what we're going through now.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 12:40 PM

26. We still had an old rotary on kitchen wall few years ago. Young teenage friend of my son asked

upo seeing the phone, if this was 'some new technology phone?'


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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 12:56 PM

27. So true

And when I was a kid and went to a friend's apartment (no houses when I was growing up, just lots and lots of apartments) and they had a wall phone, I thought they were doing pretty darn well. A wall phone. Wow. And double wow if anyone had a princess phone. All we had was a table top phone, green if memory serves.

And I'll bet we answered the phone with a normal Hello, not the Hello? we use today because if there's no caller id we don't trust who might be calling.

I hate the phone.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 01:51 PM

30. ....and boldly announcing, "Smith residence, John speaking"

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 03:33 PM

31. That is as much fun to watch as showing someone their age how to use a typewriter.

In 2005 we had a computer problem at work and had to get some checks in the mail. Our newest employee volunteered to help. She was a recent college graduate and had only learned on a computer. She didn't know how to feed the blank check into the typewriter, didn't know how to Return to the next line and couldn't press the keys hard enough for an IBM Selectric. We laughed because most of us old folks learned how to type on manual typewriters. Then we apologized and acknowledged how much technology had changed.

I later told her how my mother's first job in the late 1930's was delivering telegrams, not by walking but by riding her bicycle around the city, because few people had telephones to receive quick important messages. I think that really blew her mind.

P.S. a couple of years later I helped my dear Mother sent a text message. She heard my sister's cell phone ding across the room and was amazed that her message went up to a satellite and back down to earth is such a short time.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 05:12 PM

32. The students used one of these at my college. It was a party line.

You could tell if the incoming call was for that phone, or for one of the other two on the line, by the ring sequence. To call out, you cranked it to get the operator, then said whatever number you wanted to call

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 11:13 PM

35. Can you still call the operator for the correct time or for directory assistance?

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #35)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 11:15 PM

36. That is a good question

If there are still operators employed, I'd bet there are very few of them.

Siri has run them out of jobs!

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Response to True Dough (Reply #36)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 11:18 PM

37. well, I just pressed "0", after pressing 'talk", on my cordless phone and nothing happened.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #37)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 11:19 PM

38. I wonder if it would be the same result

from a "land line"?

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Response to True Dough (Reply #38)

Fri Jan 25, 2019, 11:20 PM

39. My cordless is a landline.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #39)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 12:21 AM

42. Right!

I was thinking cellphone even though you wrote cordless.

Oh well, good night, sweet operator!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 02:31 AM

43. When I was a kid, my maternal grandmother had a phone that was kinda scary

My brother and I gave it a wide berth because you didn't dial a number like we did at home - with hers, if you picked up the receiver, you got a live operator!

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 04:31 PM

45. Bryant Pond Maine had crank telephones until 1983

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 05:27 PM

50. Just as a point of information...my dial phone sits on a table in the kitchen..


....A few minutes ago, today, just now, I dialed a friend and had a short conversation about getting together later in the day..

..............This did not happen in the so called, "dark ages".........
............This did not happen 50 years ago...........................
..............This happened about 20 minutes ago. and.....guess what??
..................................the dial worked...and the call worked...and I talked to my friend....

....................and yes, when I pick up my ..."old"...phones....I do not have caller ID..and most times
....................I do not know who is/ or was calling.......today...................................................

..ONE MORE ISOLATED FACT ABOUT GETTING UP TO ANSWER THE PHONE AND NOT KNOW WHO IS CALLING...
..........You will not believe this...but here goes...................I have estimated that in the last, say 10 years...
.........I have gotten up from the computer or wherever to answer the phone and walk some steps without knowing who is calling about ...14,000 times.......If I had the phone right next to the computer..I wouldn't have'got up at all.................??????????
.........................................................I don't believe it either.....

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 05:33 PM

51. I remember an anecdote of an aide to George Soros, who came from a small

town - in Alabama I think. Anyway, his phone number was #5. You called the town operator, told her the # or party you wanted to reach, and she connected you.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 05:33 PM

52. Mine came with the house and it still works, just fine.

Lovely, vintage Avocado.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 06:03 PM

53. click click... Hello.. Sarah?... give me CE-401.

..yep the kids are fine... Uh huh... uh huh... that's CE-401. Thank you.

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Response to True Dough (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2019, 09:10 PM

55. Teaching folks to use dial phone:

Check this out. 1954.

I saw my first touch tone phone at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.

https://m.&feature=youtu.be

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