Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, 9 months ago

    So that’s where the NSA got the idea!

  2. rshive

    rshive said, 9 months ago

    My grandparents had party lines. And black Bakelite dial-up phones. Better than gossip.

  3. stomps

    stomps said, 9 months ago

    On the party line you could hear both people…

  4. thebird55

    thebird55 said, 9 months ago


    Or as many as were members of that party line and happened to be on the line.

  5. Richard S. Russell

    Richard S. Russell GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @Leo Autodidact

    The official party line out of DC is that nobody’s listening in on your calls. Move along, please. Nothjng to see here.

  6. Ewal Doh

    Ewal Doh GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago


    My Western Electric wall phone (~1952) in the garage is still a better sound than any of the dozen of so digital phones in my kitchen or on my belt since it moved.

  7. Stew Bek

    Stew Bek said, 9 months ago

    Had a party line growing up in Texas, shared with a family down the street. Eventually lost contact with them but 23 years later met one of the family in church at Bellows AAF in Hawaii and reconnected. Life is strange sometimes.

  8. nosirrom

    nosirrom said, 9 months ago


    How about the NSA jingle.
    “Reach out, reach out and bug EVERYONE

  9. HonoBear

    HonoBear said, 9 months ago


    I think our first phones didn’t even have a dial, you had to get an operator to connect the call.

  10. ebsan

    ebsan said, 9 months ago

    Sarah in Mayberry is always there. Day or night, seven days a week. I forget the name of Lily Tomlin’s telephone operator, but she was funny.

  11. usafmsgt

    usafmsgt said, 9 months ago

    @Stew Bek

    Bellows, the best beach on Oahu.

  12. 1MadHat

    1MadHat GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago



  13. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, 9 months ago

    Nice point Mr. Mallett.

  14. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, 9 months ago

    We’ve gone from the party line to the “no indoor voice” line. (Though at least some of the problem is from the human impulse to speak louder for someone you can’t see. Even I do this sometimes.)

  15. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, 9 months ago

    We had a party line when we first moved to Anaheim. We shared with an older couple down the street. My mother made it absolutely clear we were not allowed to listen in on their conversations. We would have done it anyway, but they were boring.

    Isn’t the movie “Pillow Talk” with Doris Day & Rock Hudson based on an unfriendly couple sharing a party line?

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