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I was at an antique store with my daughter, we came across this beauty. She had to ask how it worked! Good times…

But my oh my, check out the price tag.

If I remember right, the phone at my house growing up was green, and we had a wall phone in the basement that was black


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Almost 20 years ago, we bought a house in Colorado that had been built in the mid-1950s. It had an old black rotary phone in the basement, that I think was left there by the previous owners because it was hard-wired in place (no QD plugs anywhere in the line). It still worked - we couldn't call out on it, but if someone was calling us, we could answer on that 50+ year-old phone! Pretty neat! Built to last!
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I purchased the house that I grew up in from my Dad after my Mom passed in 2009, one of the first things I did was jump on eBay and bought an avocado green rotary wall phone just like the one that hung in the kitchen for decades...It's still here, even though we haven't had a land line for over 10 years now. And, pretty much anyone under 30 who views it, is marveled that such things once existed.
 
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Hey Guys,
It just doesn't seem that long ago that we used a rotary phone.
The first time I saw a push button was at the 1968 Texas Hemisfair in San Antonio. They had a rotary and a push button side by side which allowed you to dial both. There was a timer that showed how much faster the push button was. Even the first time to use a push button it was faster. I don't think we got a push button until 1979 when we moved into our new house.
The small town I lived in during the 50s you had to go thru the operator to make a call. My aunt was a long time operator and all you had to do was give her the name of the person since she knew the number. So when we moved to another town it was cool getting to dial a number.
 

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We were at a museum just a few years ago and they had an exhibit on outdated tech. It was pretty interesting. They had things like the Betamax tape our the large 8inch floppies.

We were at a museum this summer with my daughter. They had a display of "old" 90's tech. She looked and saw three or four things she had as a kid and exclaimed, "Wow! That makes me feel old!"
 

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How's this one. At my wellness check up the nurse asks me to write the time, 11:10 on paper. I ask am or pm. She says doesn't matter. I wrote 11:10, she said no, write it in a clock. Made me wonder how many youths know what a sweep hand clock is.
24 or 12 hr clock?
 

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I remember when we got our first telephone.
It was also black and hung on the wall.
It was the old party line service.
Everyone hooked up to that particular line had their own ring.
Ours was one long and one short ring.
Then when you wanted to make a call , you picked up the phone and listened.
If someone was on it , you hung up and tried later.
 

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I remember when we got our first telephone.
It was also black and hung on the wall.
It was the old party line service.
Everyone hooked up to that particular line had their own ring.
Ours was one long and one short ring.
Then when you wanted to make a call , you picked up the phone and listened.
If someone was on it , you hung up and tried later.
the good old days ! 👍
 

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When I was small we had a new black and white tv. My dad would tell us " when I was little we sat around and watched the radio" It was hooked up to the model A battery which there were 2 of. In the days before REA Rural Electric Assn. people in the country swapped a car battery and used the charged one to power their radios etc.
 
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When I was small we had a new black and white tv. My dad would tell us " when I was little we sat around and watched the radio" It was hooked up to the model A battery which there were 2 of. In the days before REA Rural Electric Assn. people in the country swapped a car battery and used the charged one to power their radios etc.
Way before my time . How did it work with a 6 volt car battery??
Did it go thru and inverter or something to get 110 volt???
 

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Look up Philco farm radios made to run on 6 volt 12 volt or 36 volt? Windcharger windmills prior to 1936 when REA electrified farms.
 
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