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24 Responses to Kids React To Rotary Phones

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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    March 4, 2014 at 6:04 pm
    Link: Kids React To Rotary Phones - Several kids try to figure out the phones their parents grew up using.
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    zeebeedee Male 50-59
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    March 4, 2014 at 6:35 pm
    If it gives 2 rings instead of 1 don`t answer it.

    I`m on a party line.
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    scheckydamon Male 50-59
    651 posts
    March 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm
    IVanhoe 3-9851 my first phone number I had to memorize as a kid. It was on Long Island and if you had to call long distance, you were screwed.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    March 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm
    @ Scheckydamon: That`s cool--you had a chance to use those named exchanges. They`d been phased out by my time.

    As for me, I can still remember my family`s home phone number as well as the phone number of my childhood playmate`s house--from over 40 years ago. Today? I often have to check my cell phone to be sure of my own phone number. And I haven`t a *clue* what anyone else`s numbers are.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    March 4, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    When I was a kid, we had a phone number with a name exchange. It started out with DE, which stood for "Defender." I don`t know what "Defender" referred to, but it sounded cool, like it was a phone number for The Untouchables or the Justice League.
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    Squidbush Male 40-49
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    March 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm
    I have had the same phone number my entire life. My parents kept the same land line for MANY years and when they started allowing number porting, they switched to Vonage. So I now have a nearly 50 year old number on VoIP.
    And I definitely remember rotary phones. As well as when touch tone phones were introduced and the MANY years of phones that were capable of both touch tone and emulating the sound of rotary. I also remember owning an auto dialer that can make both types of sounds that could be used to dial over any open line.(hold it up to the receiver and push the button) It`s about the size of a modern cell phone and held an ENTIRE 10 PHONE NUMBERS in its memory!
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    chalket Male 50-59
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    March 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm
    Our number as a kid was BLackburn 3-8431 and my dad`s work was MElbourne1-0129.

    How the hell can I remember that and not where I put my keys??
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    March 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm
    all this modern technology, it was so much easier when we used this:
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    LemonCurry Male 40-49
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    March 4, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    lol, yes, my family too. it`s a 3-digit number (i grew up in a small village), but people still make fun it`s like `dialing a hotel room`.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm
    I remember the phone we had when I was a kid. You only had to dial 4 digits for local calls. Then it went to 5 for a long time. Even though we didn`t have to dial the first two digits of the exchange, we still used the word as a prefix. Ours was Fleetwood. Some of the others in neighboring towns were Mayfair, Sunset, and Palace. I think it was just a way to announce that the next 5 numbers are the phone number, and you already know the first one.

    I actually have the same number now that my parents had before I was born. It`s been in the family now for about 40 of the past 60 years.
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    Mikeoxsbiggg Male 30-39
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    March 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm
    They were not awesome even twenty years ago kid.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
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    March 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm
    @ OldOllie: Great story: 40 years--and 50 for Squidbush--that`s pretty neat to have a phone number with that kind of history.

    I googled the exchanges, and apparently AT&T did a study and came up with a set of recommended words for the exchanges, with the idea being that the approved words were memorable and hard to misunderstand. I`ll copy and paste the start of the list below, then provide the link.

    22x: ACademy, BAldwin, CApital, CAstle
    23x: ADams, BElmont, BEverly, CEdar, CEnter, CEntral
    24x: CHapel, CHerry, CHestnut, CHurchill, CIrcle
    25x: ALpine, BLackburn, CLearbrook, CLearwater, CLifford, CLinton
    26x: AMherst, ANdrew, COlfax, COlony, COngress
    27x: BRidge, BRoad(way), BRown(ing), CRestview, CRestwood
    28x: ATlantic, ATlas, ATwater, ATwood, AVenue, BUtler

    Complete List of Exchanges
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 4, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Those things were hell. Trying to call into radio stations to win concert tickets. You`d wear your finger out when you got the busy signal and had to try again.

    No redial button.
    No speed dial button.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    March 4, 2014 at 9:20 pm
    @ Gerry: OMG, I`d forgotten about calling in to contests. Wow, what a blast from the past. I remember I`d dial all the digits--but on the last one, I`d hold the dial on the finger stop so that when they started taking the calls, I could just release it and finish the dial. (But if you did it *too* early, the line would disconnect.)

    Sounds like you wouldn`t want to hook one of those old phones up for fun. But if you did, you can buy a doohickey called a pulse-to-tone converter for about $50 that allows you to use a rotary phone on a modern line.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    March 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm
    Squrlz: I still remember my number when I was 5, because of the rhythm of those mnemonic names: WAlnut two, oh six eight oh. 8-)
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    ArgusTuft Male 50-59
    1139 posts
    March 4, 2014 at 11:26 pm
    And the emergency number in Australia is triple zero. So by the time you`d dialed, the perps were on a plane to Europe.
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    emmettyville Female 40-49
    4340 posts
    March 4, 2014 at 11:32 pm
    I want of these again, best phones ever. My kids cracked me up the first time they saw one, they stood there in the museum trying to pushing the buttons, lol.
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    rubbiten Male 18-29
    145 posts
    March 5, 2014 at 3:18 am
    "this was awesome 20 or 10 years ago" AHAHAAHAHHAAHAHA

    rotary phones where always awesome :<
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    10Bears Male 30-39
    429 posts
    March 5, 2014 at 3:28 am
    Posh families used to have a cord on the phone about a mile long so that they could roam around the room while talking.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5880 posts
    March 5, 2014 at 3:29 am
    When I was a kid we had no phone. We went to the phone box on the corner. Lift handset, wait for operator, ask for number, put 4 pennies in and press `button B` on connection. Then they introduced STD (Subscriber Trunk Dialing), and a new dial-top payphone was fitted. Numbers went from 4 to 5 digits, later 6, as the town grew. The phone box has now gone.
    My first job as an apprentice was cleaning Strowger switches in the local telephone exchange. The sound and smell are permanently etched in my mind, especially the STD floors, where the noise of the line-finders, registers and translators was deafening. All gone now, replace with silent grey cabinets 1/100th of the size.
    Later worked in London exchanges, but that`s another tale.
    London Telephone Exchange Names
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    Geogypsy Female 18-29
    2530 posts
    March 5, 2014 at 4:56 am
    My grandparents had one when I was around 13. I love the tactile sensation and the aural appeal of rotaries.
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    patchouly Male 40-49
    4747 posts
    March 5, 2014 at 6:38 am
    I remember when we discovered that you could dial numbers by clicking the hangup button. One click =1, two clicks=2 etc. etc.
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    Wildcats2008 Male 18-29
    237 posts
    March 5, 2014 at 6:42 am
    Whats if you gave these kids an old Nokia phone (the ones where snake was the most awesome game ever on them)...they`d probably still be clueless....
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
    7033 posts
    March 5, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Half the fun of having a rotary phone in the house when you were a kid was taking it apart.
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