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    How hard do you have to press to make the number come up on the screen?

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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    I still remember my home phone number when I was a little kid…..
    Black bakelite, MX5418. There were only 3 phones in the street and Terry Thompson from next door (aged maybe 16) used to tie ours up talking to whoever for hours.) The back door was never locked.
    In the warmer weather at grandparents farm it was a manual exchange, and you had to listen to the rings to see if it was your call or some other house. (2 short 3 long). Sorta like this

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    I thought it was going to be a pretty girl in a bathing suit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    I still remember my home phone number when I was a little kid…..
    Black bakelite, MX5418. There were only 3 phones in the street and Terry Thompson from next door (aged maybe 16) used to tie ours up talking to whoever for hours.) The back door was never locked.
    In the warmer weather at grandparents farm it was a manual exchange, and you had to listen to the rings to see if it was your call or some other house. (2 short 3 long). Sorta like this
    Me too - J140. Can't remember what I had for dinner last night but I femember that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Ross View Post
    I thought it was going to be a pretty girl in a bathing suit.
    Jim decided the old phone was safer.
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    LA1-7206. Only problem was, I never got any practice at actually dialing the number, and I learned it as LA1-72O (as in OH!)6. The one time I needed to dial it as a child, I blew it. Very embarrassing.

    Nowadays, I am kind of anal about differentiating between 0 and O.

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    EDison (33)2-2527. You did not have to dial the (33) for local calls. Also on a party line, so neighbors could listen in. There was a special ring, but don't remember what our ring was.

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    We had one of these. Crank the handle to call the exchange. Party line like Jimmy. Our "number" was two short rings and one long. Marg at the post office just pressed a lever down to make it ring. She'd interrupt my calls to tell me how long I'd been talking and also when it was 10pm and she wanted to go to bed.
    If the handle was too easy to turn it meant that there was a broken wire- probably from a fallen tree limb in the scrub in the Bottom Sibley paddock. If it was hard to turn it meant that the ducks had hit the wires in the dark and crossed them near the dam in the Station paddock JayInOz

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    Those numbers are huge, when we moved in in 1999 this house still had a phone labeled "Village name, XXX"
    Just an amateur bodging away..

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    Mary Bruce at the Reedy Creek exchange did the same Jay. Gran often ordered the groceries via a note to the mailman, delivered later in the week by "Midnight" Frost. We were the last stop (hence midnight), he had a nip at every stop and was often 'tired and emotional' and would talk of WW1 in France. I got sent to bed but listened through the wall. Somehow he always made the 20 miles of twisting dirt roads through old gold diggings back home. but now and again he was put to be4d on th couch and much furious winding finally got Mary out of bed to let his wife know. Of course that woke nearly everyone on the party line as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robm View Post
    LA1-7206. Only problem was, I never got any practice at actually dialing the number, and I learned it as LA1-72O (as in OH!)6. The one time I needed to dial it as a child, I blew it. Very embarrassing.

    Nowadays, I am kind of anal about differentiating between 0 and O.
    When we were kids, we used to play with the phone. If we kept it up, someone from the exchange would call our parents and ask them to make us stop.
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    I was on a party line up until the early 80's. Bertha Smith would always listen in on calls. When I'd hear the click of someone picking up I'd say "Hi Bertha!" & it'd click again quickly.

    Getting down to only 2 houses on it (from 10) felt really civilized!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skuthorp View Post
    Mary Bruce at the Reedy Creek exchange did the same Jay.
    Coincidence with the name- I owned a small farm between Glenn Innes and Emmaville years ago. Mary Bruce and her husband Alan lived on a farm a couple of miles away. In winter when the water was clear Alan used to put on a wet suit and spend the days under water in the freezing river dredging for sapphires- the stones from that area were supposedly as good as any in the world. Alan used to get so cold that he couldn't get out of his suit so Mary had to be there every time he prospected. Rugged country but a nice place to live.

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    Man...youse guys are old.
    CHerry3789 was our number and it was called a "party line".
    Multiple households on the same line.
    How crazy would that be today?
    We had to have permission to use the phone from my Father.
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    ^Insane. Today we have algorithems for stealing our personal info
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Jim decided the old phone was safer.
    Well, that - and he still remembers how to make it work.
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    I grew up with one of the heavy black rotary desk 'phone like shown below. Our 'proper' telephone number was XX3-4168, but if you were calling from town you only had to dial the last five numbers. When I was five or six, my grandmother got her first 'phone installed, a wall-mounted oak box with a crank on the side. To call out you picked up the receiver and gave the crank a long twirl and when Louella the operator came on you told her who you wanted to talk to and she would connect you. When there was an incoming call you listened for your combination of rings - Nanny's was two long, two short.




    Nanny's telephone looked like this:

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    You know, that there are apps for mobiles for dialing old style? A digital native installed one after explaining traditional phones, just to give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post


    Where's the clock face? Sheesh, what a useless phone!

    My first phone number to remember was EXbrook 4-2590. And I remember calling for the time at the phone company exchange. (It was automated. Whoo, how modern!)

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    It was fun watching the 4-H girls when I gave them a manual egg beater for some recipe they were making

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    one ringy dingy, two ringy dingies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    that was so mean, but funny.

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    For a year in the mid 1960's I lived and worked in a very rural Virginia (small) town that had only an operator, no dial system at all. To call in you had to contact the operator and give her the number, Boyce-421. To call out you picked up the phone and clicked the receiver button a few times and "Mabel" would answer.
    If I tried to call in from DC which was only an hour's drive, the DC operator often didn't believe me! Most of the world was light years ahead of this town.
    Which made it a great place, 40 acres right along the banks of the Shenandoah river. There were abandoned places I'm sure no man had been since the civil war...
    All different now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Q View Post
    Those numbers are huge, when we moved in in 1999 this house still had a phone labeled "Village name, XXX"
    I lived for several years in a settlement with two-digit phone numbers... and any calls outside the settlement were satellite radio-telephone calls, with the usual procedure words (if the other party knew them... just getting them to say "OVER" could be a challenge) and a live operator (about a thousand miles away) switching from SEND to RECEIVE.

    Good times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domesticated_Mr. Know It All View Post
    Man...youse guys are old.
    CHerry3789 was our number and it was called a "party line".
    Multiple households on the same line.
    How crazy would that be today?
    We had to have permission to use the phone from my Father.
    And we had to ask the operator to connect. Pilgrim 4 3387 was my home, and Pi 4 9508 my grandfather's

    When the dial phone came, I was in elementary school. The phone company sent people into the school to teach the kids how to use it so we could teach our parents.

    And we didn't used to be old.
    Can we have him keel hauled?

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    Ever stop to just think of how the world has changed in YOUR lifetime?

    No automatic transmissions? Elevator operators? No air conditioners?
    Can we have him keel hauled?

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    Bryant Pond, ME had the last hand-crank phone system in the US. They went to them new-fangled ones with a dial in 1983.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Smith View Post
    Ever stop to just think of how the world has changed in YOUR lifetime?

    No automatic transmissions? Elevator operators? No air conditioners?
    The first automatics was 1921 & air conditioning was 1902.
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    I think air conditioning is one of the worst inventions of all time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    The first automatics was 1921 & air conditioning was 1902.
    John is a bit older than we thought!
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