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Close to Home by John McPherson for September 04, 2018

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    wldhrsy2luv  about 3 years ago

    And, no calls during dinner.

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    Strob Premium Member about 3 years ago

    And these giant phones crushed the little yellow aliens.

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    tauyen  about 3 years ago

    Imagine that! Having to get up to answer the robocall

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    roaming26-37  about 3 years ago

    We always had a short cord telephone, so we couldn’t move around. And the phone had no memory, so we had to hand write the details in something called a phone and address book, lol ;-)

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    jbduncan  about 3 years ago

    And the calls were never for me!

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    Caught Sleeping  about 3 years ago

    Not to mention the long distance charges.

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    Emptypockets51.  about 3 years ago

    Remember calling a predetermined fake name person to person to let the people on the other end know the you arrived safely at where ever you were going? There by not having to pay long distance.

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    PoodleGroomer  about 3 years ago

    If there wasn’t a phone book, or the name wasn’t in there, you had to dial a phone number to get someone to look up the phone number to dial.

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    Diat60  about 3 years ago

    Do you have Prince Albert in a can???

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    arianseren  about 3 years ago

    Ah, but we weren’t prisoners of the ‘cell’ phone.

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    Oge  about 3 years ago

    And the phone was in the living room or dining room so there was no privacy.

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    marc.ackerman  about 3 years ago

    And if the line was busy you couldn’t leave a message. And you had to answer the phone to see who was calling.

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    vics_machine Premium Member about 3 years ago

    In public there were things called “phone booths” that allowed you to keep your conversation relatively private.

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    PO' DAWG Premium Member about 3 years ago

    “I’d like to order three pizzas”….He Hee

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    joeatwork212  about 3 years ago

    When I started with “THE” phone company, my office didn’t even have Touch-Tone. Kids now would have trouble using a rotary phone. I must admit, seeing the changes was pretty amazing.

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    Nicole™  Premium Member about 3 years ago

    Actually, many mid-sized and large towns had these phone numbers you could call to play games. Mostly for kids, but I used to call them when I was in my 20’s and was bored at home. They had numbers where the recording told jokes, they had fun mind games, trivia, etc. I believe they were either local numbers or toll-free. I can’t remember off hand.

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    contralto2b  about 3 years ago

    OH, THE HORROR, THE HORROR!!! (yeah, but a lot less people fell into fountains and holes, got hit by cars, or tripped over the curb because they were on the phone). :o)

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    Diat60  about 3 years ago

    Funny thing though, I forgot my phone one day and had to call a taxi. Found myself most reluctant to use a public payphone, like I didn’t know whose mouth or ear or hair had been up against the receiver. Never used to bother me in the least.

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    MissScarlet Premium Member about 3 years ago

    And there was a number to call for the local weather report.

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    chromosome Premium Member about 3 years ago

    If he looked back in history, at least he didn’t have to use an ice box, have only one little black and white TV in the house, etc.

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    Nyckname Premium Member about 3 years ago

    I wish I’d had this phone back when I was taking Greyhound around the country. It’s replaced a rucksack full of stuff. Puzzle books, novels, notepads, tape player, cassettes, batteries, quarters for payphones.

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    Lakegal  about 3 years ago

    It was great, because people actually focused on the conversation. No speakerphone so no so-called “multitasking.” Just you and the person you were talking to. Sweet.

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    robert39503  about 3 years ago

    When I was in England, home phone service was a bit pricey. If you made a call, it cost you for the call even if it was to your next door neighbor. I kept telling her to step out of our front door and knock on her door if you had something to talk to her about. Another bad part of the phone service is that you were also charged for incoming calls. I am not talking long distance either.

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    giggles242  about 3 years ago

    These are all neat memories. A phone call at my parents’ house was supposed to last less than a minute. $ LOL

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