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2014-03-03 11:51:59 PM  
I enjoyed the video, but damn, it made me feel old :/
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-03-04 12:08:48 AM  
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On the left is the phone from the hall from the farmhouse, the only phone.  It's not very old, maybe up to 50 years.  My mother remembers talking to my father with it.  It replaced an older (older 500 style?) phone, which replaced what was referred to as "the bell and hook."  The trouble with the pictured phone is that it was serviced by Ma Bell many times, and the handset was replaced on more than one occasion.  During the time I spent on the farm, I used it to call Dallas rock radio stations and request songs made of barre chords that I could learn as a fledgling guitarist.

If you know how I can date the phone or find out more about it, I'd appreciate it!  It's in my living room now, and damn, is the bell on that thing loud!

The red one is the Batphone.
 
2014-03-04 12:16:00 AM  
I have one of these. But in Lime Green.

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Since I ditch my landland. it's just an artifact.
 
2014-03-04 12:30:27 AM  

optikeye: I have one of these. But in Lime Green.

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Since I ditch my landland. it's just an artifact.


what are all of those thin books on the shelves?
 
2014-03-04 12:42:50 AM  

433: [i192.photobucket.com image 850x478]

On the left is the phone from the hall from the farmhouse, the only phone.  It's not very old, maybe up to 50 years.  My mother remembers talking to my father with it.  It replaced an older (older 500 style?) phone, which replaced what was referred to as "the bell and hook."  The trouble with the pictured phone is that it was serviced by Ma Bell many times, and the handset was replaced on more than one occasion.  During the time I spent on the farm, I used it to call Dallas rock radio stations and request songs made of barre chords that I could learn as a fledgling guitarist.

If you know how I can date the phone or find out more about it, I'd appreciate it!  It's in my living room now, and damn, is the bell on that thing loud!

The red one is the Batphone.


hard to tell from the picture, but if the handset uses a modular connector instead of a hardwired one, that is post-1976.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-03-04 12:43:46 AM  

optikeye: I have one of these.


That is slick, optik.  Style changes, but that thing, it's got style.
See also, 1970 Ford/Philco B&W television, raised from the ashes.
 
2014-03-04 12:47:26 AM  
I'm closer to 40 than I am to 30 and I barely ever used rotary phones. I'm not sure what sort of innate retro-technology knowledge we should expect to find in our eight year-olds.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2014-03-04 12:52:21 AM  

calbert: that is post-1976.


Thank you.  I know that the letters below the numbers date it, also, and that a sticker listing an area code indicates a date, as well.  It's possible that the whole phone could have been replaced part by part, or in whole.  The phone calls my mother and father had on it were in '64-68, and she remembers the phone in the picture as the one she used.  Conflicting evidence.  I think I have a case of George Washington's axe, four different heads, five different handles, possibly a new axe somewhere in there.
 
2014-03-04 01:02:30 AM  

433: calbert: that is post-1976.

Thank you.  I know that the letters below the numbers date it, also, and that a sticker listing an area code indicates a date, as well.  It's possible that the whole phone could have been replaced part by part, or in whole.  The phone calls my mother and father had on it were in '64-68, and she remembers the phone in the picture as the one she used.  Conflicting evidence.  I think I have a case of George Washington's axe, four different heads, five different handles, possibly a new axe somewhere in there.


you're welcome, and here's a page I found about the 500, with a little blurb about the whole modular addition.

and yeah, "That's the same ax that slayed me!" ran through my head (JDATE)
 
2014-03-04 01:59:38 AM  
A friend of mine that teaches GED classes told me that some of his students couldn't tell time using an analog clock.
 
2014-03-04 02:13:48 AM  
When the one girl said, "It looks like a phone... it has a TELEPHONE" while pointing at the receiver, I lost it.
 
2014-03-04 02:33:54 AM  

TommyymmoT: A friend of mine that teaches GED classes told me that some of his students couldn't tell time using an analog clock.


one of my sisters is getting her teaching certificate and there is an adult student in one of the classes (she guesses late 20s/early 30s) who didn't know how to address an envelope to mail something.

my sister had to show her what info to write out, how to write it out, where to write it (sender and recipient) and how and where to place a stamp.

my sister has a lot of patience and thought that it was 'cute'.

I was bemoaning that that person will soon be teaching children.

there's no hope for the future.
 
2014-03-04 04:12:40 AM  
What's a payphone?
 
2014-03-04 04:23:22 AM  
You could send text messages with those old rotary phones. They looked like this:


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2014-03-04 04:48:33 AM  

calbert: TommyymmoT: A friend of mine that teaches GED classes told me that some of his students couldn't tell time using an analog clock.

one of my sisters is getting her teaching certificate and there is an adult student in one of the classes (she guesses late 20s/early 30s) who didn't know how to address an envelope to mail something.

my sister had to show her what info to write out, how to write it out, where to write it (sender and recipient) and how and where to place a stamp.

my sister has a lot of patience and thought that it was 'cute'.

I was bemoaning that that person will soon be teaching children.

there's no hope for the future.


This reminds me. I have to send a letter tomorrow.  I haven't mailed anything outgoing in probably 4 years.  And I haven't handwritten anything in probably 2.  This is going to be fun.
 
2014-03-04 05:31:39 AM  
I still have an old rotary phone in the utility room. Useful in case the power goes out for prolonged periods of time.
 
2014-03-04 06:08:05 AM  
We used to have a wall-mounted rotary that kinda looked like this, but black. The handset was damn near indestructible.
 
2014-03-04 06:10:24 AM  
the sound quality on the old phones were awesome.
/miss them sometimes
 
2014-03-04 06:12:15 AM  

Marmilman: I still have an old rotary phone in the utility room. Useful in case the power goes out for prolonged periods of time.


DTMF phones are just as easily powered from the line as rotary phones. And you might want to check that your local telco still supports pulse dialing before relying on it as your backup device.

/ Or buy a 9V battery and use your normal phone
 
2014-03-04 06:56:13 AM  
It would have been funnier if the kids were not all heavily coached to be cute and funny. Not fake, but full of phony.
 
2014-03-04 07:00:49 AM  

ekdikeo4: This reminds me. I have to send a letter tomorrow.  I haven't mailed anything outgoing in probably 4 years.  And I haven't handwritten anything in probably 2.  This is going to be fun.


I had to mail something back in November and had no stamps. There aren't any actual post offices anywhere around where I am so I had to buy 10 stamps in a book. The good thing is that other people need stamps and the Kijiji ad for 9 stamps went quick.
 
2014-03-04 07:11:10 AM  
"Back in my day back in 19 dickity three!"
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I'm sure there will be a youtube.. I mean googleTV  video in 30 years where someone asks kids in 2044 what a cellular phone is

"Do you know what this is?"
"It looks like an old tablet"
"People used to make calls through cell towers, and sometimes you'd get dropped calls, or you couldn't send a text message because you were in a dead zone"
"You mean there were areas that didn't have wifi? Did people die?  Why did they have phone devices, couldn't they just use skype?"
 
2014-03-04 07:24:51 AM  
That was adorable. Though the 13 year old boy looked afraid of the phone..
 
2014-03-04 07:34:33 AM  

Frozboz: That was adorable. Though the 13 year old boy looked afraid of the phone..


His mother beat his father to death with an old rotary phone. He learned young to fear its wrath.
 
2014-03-04 07:47:48 AM  
I remember the days when you could "impress" someone by being able to do switchhook dialing. (Instead of using the rotary dial you just rapidly click the switchhook to dial the digits.) Now get off my lawn you lazy kids!
 
2014-03-04 08:29:37 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: I remember the days when you could "impress" someone by being able to do switchhook dialing. (Instead of using the rotary dial you just rapidly click the switchhook to dial the digits.) Now get off my lawn you lazy kids!


I've done that before, and it does usually impress them.
 
2014-03-04 08:35:58 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: I remember the days when you could "impress" someone by being able to do switchhook dialing. (Instead of using the rotary dial you just rapidly click the switchhook to dial the digits.) Now get off my lawn you lazy kids!


you're such a PHREAKER!!!
 
2014-03-04 08:39:30 AM  
I found a rotary phone in my father-in-law's basement and showed my son how to use it. He took it to show-and-tell and got a note back from the teacher commenting on his interesting object and good presentation.
 
2014-03-04 08:45:13 AM  

TommyymmoT: A friend of mine that teaches GED classes told me that some of his students couldn't tell time using an analog clock.


Likewise with kids at a local fast-food joint. They also don't know the difference between limes and lemons, and aren't familiar with the numbering system for months.
 
2014-03-04 09:03:31 AM  
I'm 43. My family's phone number was mostly 8's.  I recall being annoyed when having to call home for any reason because of how long it took the dial to roll back into place from dialing all those 8's.

/8

Also, I love watching the FineBros' "React" series.  Check 'em out.
 
2014-03-04 09:25:36 AM  
"Touch-tone required."
 
2014-03-04 09:28:59 AM  
Oh how I wanted a princess phone.
 
2014-03-04 09:33:45 AM  
The little black girl was the cutest.

<host> "There was no text messaging."

<girl> "But h-... Oh, that's how [they would reach their friends]. They would call."

Preach on, sister. Back in the day you had to reach your friends when you could or you went to go see them. There wasn't an endless stream of TXT SPK pretending to be a friendship.
 
2014-03-04 09:40:18 AM  

Marmilman: I still have an old rotary phone in the utility room. Useful in case the power goes out for prolonged periods of time.


No it isn't.  The phone companies don't listen for the clicks anymore... you can still receive calls though.
 
2014-03-04 10:04:54 AM  

mrlewish: Marmilman: I still have an old rotary phone in the utility room. Useful in case the power goes out for prolonged periods of time.

No it isn't.  The phone companies don't listen for the clicks anymore... you can still receive calls though.


Not sure what you mean by "No it isn't". Unless you have phone service offered by a cable company, regular phone lines will continue to function when the power is out (incoming and outgoing calls). I have several dial phones in the house just for that purpose (mainly for when power goes out during a hurricane).  However, since that time I switched to a cable phone provider---and the service is awful BUT a lot cheaper than AT&T. Now when the power goes out I also lose the phone line.
 
2014-03-04 10:05:49 AM  

PIP_the_TROLL: There wasn't an endless stream of TXT SPK pretending to be a friendship.


Yes, we used to have meaningful, life-changing conversations about the weather and local gossip instead.  Truly, the use of abbreviated text is robbing us of our humanity.
 
2014-03-04 10:13:25 AM  
40 years from now, kids will be just as baffled by a smartphone
 
2014-03-04 10:20:02 AM  

Githerax: I'm 43. My family's phone number was mostly 8's.  I recall being annoyed when having to call home for any reason because of how long it took the dial to roll back into place from dialing all those 8's.

/8

Also, I love watching the FineBros' "React" series.  Check 'em out.


Ulysses (85)8-3888 was number as a kid.  I'm 57.

/feels your pain.
 
2014-03-04 10:39:27 AM  
Jesus, what a stupid video, they aren't THAT goddam hard to figure out. The hardest part is understanding to pick the receiver up off of the hook, but that was brutal to watch. They're acting like a super advanced alien race dropped an inanimate carbon rod in the middle of the White House lawn and told us it would solve all of our issues once we figured out how to turn it on.

God I loved those phones... They were so much easier to dial than the ones with the metal dial on them. Those farking things tore up your hand after a number or two... Plastic was much nicer.
 
2014-03-04 10:42:32 AM  

MelGoesOnTour: mrlewish: Marmilman: I still have an old rotary phone in the utility room. Useful in case the power goes out for prolonged periods of time.

No it isn't.  The phone companies don't listen for the clicks anymore... you can still receive calls though.

Not sure what you mean by "No it isn't". Unless you have phone service offered by a cable company, regular phone lines will continue to function when the power is out (incoming and outgoing calls). I have several dial phones in the house just for that purpose (mainly for when power goes out during a hurricane).


I believe he's saying that phone companies don't do pulse dialing anymore, just DTMF. I.e. not that you'd lose power over the phone line, but that you need a touch-tone phone rather than a rotary phone. Hence the "you can still receive calls" part.

I don't know whether he's correct or not. Certainly, I haven't used a pulse dial phone for decades.
 
2014-03-04 11:02:30 AM  
Old school texting.

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2014-03-04 11:09:14 AM  

Theaetetus: I believe he's saying that phone companies don't do pulse dialing anymore, just DTMF. I.e. not that you'd lose power over the phone line, but that you need a touch-tone phone rather than a rotary phone. Hence the "you can still receive calls" part.

I don't know whether he's correct or not. Certainly, I haven't used a pulse dial phone for decades.


I'll get back to you on that later today. I do have not one but FOUR rotary phones at home hooked into wall ports. I don't use them---they are more for display---but last I checked I could call out on them just fine. Will test it when I go home for lunch.
 
2014-03-04 11:18:30 AM  
I have a pay phone in my garage.  I had a rotary phone, sold it to a friend, but need to get another.  I have my digital buttset stashed away someplace.
 
2014-03-04 11:40:22 AM  
Still have a touch-tone desk phone for the odd blackout:

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Like this ^^^. I consider the sound superior to all other phones for clarity. Even after being dropped about a dozen times over the years...and man, these babies leave dents.

/the past was arguably better built.
 
2014-03-04 12:15:50 PM  

August11: Not fake, but full of phony.


Thank you. I was trying to put in to words what I didn't like about this.
 
2014-03-04 12:49:14 PM  
Wow, those kids were adorably perplexed.

There's nothing more endearing than a child's camera-coached, feigned confusion.
 
2014-03-04 01:06:20 PM  

Theaetetus: I believe he's saying that phone companies don't do pulse dialing anymore, just DTMF. I.e. not that you'd lose power over the phone line, but that you need a touch-tone phone rather than a rotary phone. Hence the "you can still receive calls" part.

I don't know whether he's correct or not.


Just checked mine. It can still make outgoing calls so the pulse-dialing action still works. Might be the case, however, that phone systems might differ depending where you live.
 
2014-03-04 01:10:19 PM  

ABQGOD: August11: Not fake, but full of phony.

Thank you. I was trying to put in to words what I didn't like about this.


Ah, another member of the tribe. Our culture is having its ability to discern between genuine and false systematically stripped away. I'm not sure how this is taking place. But it is taking place.

Maybe our brains have been altered by photoshop. We deal with and accept photoshopped images everyday. Maybe we are swiftly adjusting to augmented realities beyond the image. Maybe half the population can no longer identify true child behavior and fully accepts augmented child behavior. What are the ramifications of this? Is it even a problem at all? What happens to a society that can only identify overacting?

Maybe those internet critters who are constantly shouting "Fake!!" are trying to fortify themselves against the onslaught of augmented reality.
 
2014-03-04 01:10:45 PM  

Valiente: Still have a touch-tone desk phone for the odd blackout:

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Like this ^^^. I consider the sound superior to all other phones for clarity. Even after being dropped about a dozen times over the years...and man, these babies leave dents.

/the past was arguably better built.


And it's almost impossible to knock someone's teeth out with a cell phone.
 
2014-03-04 01:53:15 PM  

MelGoesOnTour: mrlewish: Marmilman: I still have an old rotary phone in the utility room. Useful in case the power goes out for prolonged periods of time.

No it isn't.  The phone companies don't listen for the clicks anymore... you can still receive calls though.

Not sure what you mean by "No it isn't". Unless you have phone service offered by a cable company, regular phone lines will continue to function when the power is out (incoming and outgoing calls). I have several dial phones in the house just for that purpose (mainly for when power goes out during a hurricane).  However, since that time I switched to a cable phone provider---and the service is awful BUT a lot cheaper than AT&T. Now when the power goes out I also lose the phone line.


Has anyone made an RJ-11 landline jack to USB charger yet? Would be handy in case of power loss to be able to recharge your cell phone.
 
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