Who remembers how to use a rotary dial phone? [Comic]

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Anyone? Anyone?

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  • RogueBase

    I remember being shipped off for the summer & staying with grandparents. Both had the old bakelite phones. This was ummmmmmmmm…oh, 1960’s I believe. Oh, and you could randomly pick up the receiver & listen into other conversations as they were party lines as well. That was sometimes very interesting.

  • etim

    AAAAAARRRRRRGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!
    Ashraf!
    Will this thing never fix the edit function???!!!

  • etim

    Hahaha–brings back childhood memories.
    I lived in DC in the early 60s, had a
    touch tone phone.
    My teenage cousin was visiting for the summer and for some reason, our phone bills went crazy.
    Come to find out, she was playing songs on the phone and didn’t realize she was calling Pluto.

  • Kathryn

    I always loved the sound of dialing a rotary phone.

  • Jim-1

    I remember when “touch tone” service first became available. The phone companies charged extra for it, even though touch tone was better for the phone company because it helped to reduce the mechanical switches that rotary dial phones needed to complete calls.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    [@Ashraf] You kids get off my lawn before I turn the hose on you!

    I was a teenager when I finally convinced my folks to modernize and get a push button phone. They, of course, had no interest in such new-fangled technology.

  • Ashraf

    [@Seamus McSeamus] No, I distinctly remember watching from my mother’s womb as she got up off the couch and walked over to the TV to turn it off.

  • Seamus McSeamus

    Oh, please. It wasn’t *that* long ago that we were using rotary phones. Next, you’ll be claiming you don’t remember black & white TV, only getting 4 channels, and having to get up off the couch and walk over to the set if you wanted to turn it off.