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June 7, 2015

The home telephone had a good hundred-year run.

There was, in most homes, a small, boxy machine affixed to the wall, usually in the kitchen, and this machine was called a telephone. —Wikipedia, 2030 | ROUGH TYPE

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 7, 2015 7:10 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Ours was white, and had an extra long curly cord, so we could go in the small half bath off the kitchen and talk in privacy.

Posted by: Leslie [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 7, 2015 9:26 PM

Our first phone had a rotary dial. When we moved, my mom got a Princess model that had a keypad that lit up. We even bought a music book that told you what keys to press to play songs like Happy Birthday or Fere Jacques.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2015 4:02 AM

The photo shows those newfangled colorful wall phones. We had the black, sit on the table model with no coiled cord or such. Still we were more modern than some friends who shared a party line and had no rotary dial, just pick up and hear "what number please".

Posted by: tripletap [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2015 6:49 AM

In the early 60's my mother insisted on an Ericofon in the master bedroom:


Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2015 10:42 AM

All of us that have cell phones and satellite systems and blue tooth this and that, it would be wise to have one hard-wired phone in your stash. If the power goes out and the sats go dark the land lines just might still work. The only other thing some of the more serious survivalists are doing is Ham radio.

Information is power. I forget, one of the Oriental Masters of War said that.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 9, 2015 6:40 AM

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