I was just watching an old movie from 1933 and it brought back memories of when I was young in the 1950's. I thought it would be fun to post a few of my thoughts to share with you.
Back in the 50's we had 'party lines'. That meant that when you had phone service, there were at least 3 other families who shared the line, sometimes up to 5.
Everyone had their own phone number, and each phone number was assigned a special ring. So, when a call came in, you might hear a long ring, a double-short ring or 3 short rings. So, you had to know how your phone would ring to know if the call was for you.
If you wanted to make a call out, you might hear someone else engaged in a conversation when you lifted the receiver. So, you had to wait until the line was free.
We had those old heavy black phones. Boy, when thinking about how people today are so concerned with the weight of cell phones, it's feather-light compared to those old metal phones.
Oh, as kids in school, we were taught the proper way to answer the phone. Being that they were party lines, we were REQUIRED to answer the phone by saying 'Jones residence' or whatever your family name was.
And, at any time you could reach an operator by clicking the hang-up buttons several times. The operator could even be reached if the other people on the party line were using the phone. You could ask the operator to tell the gabby party to hang up so you could make a call. And, sometimes the operator would eavesdrop on your conversations, so it was prohibited by law to use profanity on a call. If you did, the operator could report you.
I just thought you might be interested in sharing a little peek back at history...