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Old 05-13-2011, 10:45 AM   #15
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Is it still in use?

It seems strange to me that these phones still work in the system, though.
Maybe that's evidence of the perfection of the original technology!
It is one of the extensions on my Land Line. The other two are cordless.

The original technology supplied the power to operate the instrument (carrier) through the same wiring that the voice content (modulated signal) used. This is how these phones continued to operate in electrical power failures; they have their own power supply within the phone system separate from the power the Gas & Electric Companies provide. This capability was mandated by the government in exchange for the original Monopoly that "The Bell System" version of AT&T was granted.

My father worked for New York Telephone (Then part of AT&T, Now Verizon) for 35 years before he retired.
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I should not admit this but when I was growing up on an Island we had what were called "party" phone lines you could not get a private line - so no private converstations on the phone. One short ring & a long ring it was for us - two short rings was for the neighbours on one side and two long rings where for the neighbours on the other side. It rang in our house either way. If you needed to use the phone in a hurry you hoped one of the neighbours wasnt using it or you had to cut in and ask them to hang up their call. You could also listen in to everything they said about you!
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:03 AM   #17
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I worked as an operator for "Ma Bell" for a year right after High School. That was considered a plum job and a respectable third choice for a graduate of St. Mary's Academy who didn't go straight into college or The Convent.
I was there for the transition from the old "cord boards" to electronic consoles. I can still hear the "snick" of those spring held cords as they returned to their positions once disconnected...

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Old 05-13-2011, 01:08 PM   #18
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When my sister moved out I got her room and her Princess phone, YUCK!
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Old 05-13-2011, 02:02 PM   #19
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If it's a pink one, I'm getting in my KIA SPORTAGE......and driving straight down to "Terlingua".

Maybe I can "talk" you out of it!

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Old 05-13-2011, 02:27 PM   #20
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It was in Indiana, and yes it was pink I quickly found a blue one and changed it. That was way back in the day, You can still come to Terlingua and take my satellite phone home.
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My youngest felt digitally impaired when he was still using a Diskman.
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My youngest felt digitally impaired when he was still using a Diskman.
"Digitally impaired!"

That's what I thought my neighbor kid was when he couldn't make his fingers "work" the dial on my rotary phone...

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Here I thought everybody used to have one of these attached to a 16 party line.
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Here I thought everybody used to have one of these attached to a 16 party line.
Hey when I was a wee guy (still aint very big either ), my parents moved on to a farm that had that phone... and no running water... and with 7 kids (soon to be ten!). Anyway, you had to crank it to get the operators attention. I think the first time Dad used it, I though a bubble gum (did we get 5 for a penny then?!) was gonna come out!
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I remember having to referee disputes between party line users when I was an operator ("Central" to our customers).
Quite an experience for an 18 yr. old fresh out of Catholic Girls School!
If it hadn't been for the skills I learned in the "Charm" courses presided over by Sister Mary Agnes of The Cross, many a kerfuffle between neighbors might have ended in bloodshed.
I had a party line myself when I came to the Olympic Peninsula in 1980. Our ring was two longs and a short. I was so convinced that the whole neighborhood was interested in my fascinating life that most of my conversations were in a sort of "code" intelligible only to me and my inner circle. I don't think I ever spoke for more than a minute at a time for the several years I was on that line. If I needed to have a more complex conversation, I did so from the pay phone in "town". Also at that time, the whole county had the same first three digits, and one could simply dial the last four of whatever number one was calling...

That's funny- I have a sudden craving for a nice tall glass of Geritol!


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I remember having to referee disputes between party line users when I was an operator ("Central" to our customers).
Quite an experience for an 18 yr. old fresh out of Catholic Girls School!
If it hadn't been for the skills I learned in the "Charm" courses presided over by Sister Mary Agnes of The Cross, many a kerfuffle between neighbors might have ended in bloodshed.
I had a party line myself when I came to the Olympic Peninsula in 1980. Our ring was two longs and a short. I was so convinced that the whole neighborhood was interested in my fascinating life that most of my conversations were in a sort of "code" intelligible only to me and my inner circle. I don't think I ever spoke for more than a minute at a time for the several years I was on that line. If I needed to have a more complex conversation, I did so from the pay phone in "town". Also at that time, the whole county had the same first three digits, and one could simply dial the last four of whatever number one was calling...

That's funny- I have a sudden craving for a nice tall glass of Geritol!


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It's interesting how things change. Today I don't have a "land line" in my house and haven't for almost 10 years now. I have a cell phone and so does my wife.

By the way I know the switch board with the cords too.
I also remember early dial phones and central offices with huge banks of clicking relays.
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I remember ...
... If I needed to have a more complex conversation, I did so from the pay phone in "town". Also at that time, the whole county had the same first three digits, and one could simply dial the last four of whatever number one was calling...

That's funny- I have a sudden craving for a nice tall glass of Geritol!


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Ha, 'pay phone' - have you noticed how few of those are around anymore (with the prolifary of cell phones). You can tell a dated movie by when the actor has to go find a phone!
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We may be the last folks in the United States without a cell phone in the family- we actually like being unreachable except through our landline.
We DO, however, have a really fine Phone Booth in our front yard out here in the deep dark woods.

It's carefully situated on the single spot on the property where our friends can get a cell signal!

We don't charge them...much... to use it, though.

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