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Rotary Telephones, Landlines, Phone Booths

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Can you recall having a rotary phone and a landline or ever stopping on the side of the road to us the phone booth to make a phone call. With the onset of cell phones, all of these nostalgic items are just part of history.

Although Bell developed a primitive version in 1950, it took until 1975 for push button phones to make an impact. Tone-enabled features like call waiting and three-way calling signaled the beginning of the end for the slow, clumsy, rotary dialing system, which had ruled since 1919.
If I could find a rotary phone today I would buy it because cell phones have to be charged and when there is no electricity you have no phone service.

Alexander Graham Bell revolutionized human communication when he made the first phone call to his assistant, Thomas Watson. The landline was born and it dominated for more than a century. The mobile era, however, signaled the end for the old-fashioned landline. In 2017, lawmakers in Illinois finally voted to allow AT&T to stop serving the state's 1.2 million remaining landline customers.

Before phones were pocket-sized supercomputers, people had to stop if they wanted to make calls on the go. The places they stopped to make those calls were called phone booths. Once a familiar sight, phone booths β€” like the landlines and phone books contained within β€” phone booths were dealt a mortal blow by the arrival of cell phones. Just 100,000 pay phones remain compared to 2 million in 1999.

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  • _CYNDY55_
    Great share! Enjoyed reading your words! emoticon so much!
    42 days ago
    Yes, I still have a charm bracelet that I wore as a kid. Had a charm to keep a dime for a phone call! Dating myself!
    42 days ago
    I sure do remember all these. Rotary, phone booths, even the good old party line. My original phone number had the first 2 'digits' as letters...such as Murray Hill, Fairbanks, etc. In fact the first number I had you only needed to dial the last 5 numbers as long as the person you were calling was in the same exchange as you were.

    That's technology for you. My how things change and MY how old am I?
    43 days ago
    I still have my landline. My rotary phone has a push button dial. I wouldn't mind a phone both for decorating purposes.
    43 days ago
    Love the trip down memory lane!
    43 days ago
    I remember it well. And miss the slower pace of life because we weren’t constantly and instantly available to everyone. No robocalls!
    43 days ago
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  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    I still have a landline for that very reason,no power landline still works
    43 days ago
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