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When’s the last time you’ve seen a functional pay phone? Wow!

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  • From: clinton twp,mi
Posted by humper491 on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:22 PM

On the rare occasion, i would see one in a truck stop and very rare in a rest area. I'll be back on the road in a month or two (most of ya know about my arm injury this year) but i'll update on this. Heck, when i had surgery in January, the hospital made sure my daughter had a cell phone in case she had to make a call...

 

Humper Beam

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:30 PM

plasticjunkie

Was gonna mention party lines but someone beat me to it. Here's another...who remembers the phone numbers with names like Franklin 7 and so on? I remember our house phone number in 1965 or 66 starting with that.

 

HArrison 9-3020, folk's house number in 1963.

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:39 PM

Yep, Remember This Also...

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:53 AM

Our home number in 1945 was Jackson 7613.  Why do we remember things like that???

Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:54 AM

Cadet Chuck

Our home number in 1945 was Jackson 7613.  Why do we remember things like that???

 

Folks c.1951 manufactured Western Electric Model 302 with F1 headset telephone was hard wired in wall, sat above walk-in pantry bottom shelf, woven fabric cord color was exactly like this:

Thing weighed a ton, totally indestructable, fantastic sound quality, none better since.

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:00 AM

Cadet Chuck

Our home number in 1945 was Jackson 7613.  Why do we remember things like that???

 

I can’t answer that but my home phone and address of where I grew up is 1913 A Date Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.  808-949-1709.  Incredible isn’t it, how the brain works!  This was 1970.  I’m operating with an injured brain frontal lobe, I can’t remember what I did yesterday yet I can remember everything pre-accident.  lol!

Toshi

 

Retired due to work related injury

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:01 AM

That is one beautiful piece of hardware!

Toshi

 

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Posted by Toshi on Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:03 AM

To my fellow forum members,

Thank you for sharing your memories here!  This is so interesting, it’s really about history.

 

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Posted by Jim Barton on Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:21 PM

Toshi

 

 
Cadet Chuck

Our home number in 1945 was Jackson 7613.  Why do we remember things like that???

 

 

 

I can’t answer that but my home phone and address of where I grew up is 1913 A Date Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96814.  808-949-1709.  Incredible isn’t it, how the brain works!  This was 1970.  I’m operating with an injured brain frontal lobe, I can’t remember what I did yesterday yet I can remember everything pre-accident.  lol!

 

Toshi

 

I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles and our phone number was 213-790-6693.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:59 PM

Here's another blast from the past, S&H Green Stamps. Got them at the grocery store as a reward program depending how much one spent and could be redeemed at the S&H Gift Center. Lots of cool stuff my mom got for the house back in the 60's.

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:23 PM

plasticjunkie

Here's another blast from the past, S&H Green Stamps. Got them at the grocery store as a reward program depending how much one spent and could be redeemed at the S&H Gift Center. Lots of cool stuff my mom got for the house back in the 60's.

Also:

  • MacDonald Plaid Stamps (A & P Stores)
  • Top Value Stamps
  • Blue Chip Stamps (My folks redeemed them)
  • Orange Stamps
  • Gold Bond Stamps (The folks redeemed these also)
  • King Korn Stamps
  • Buckeye Stamps
  • Pink Stamps

On & on; many "private" brands particular to retail chains, too many to mention, including European.

Wikipedia: Trading Stamps

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Posted by littletimmy on Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:30 PM

Little Timmy's home # 503- 357-8962 ( this was in Dilly Or. around 1968)

How I remembered this I have no idea.

We were on a party line with 4 other neighbor's. ( I use to get in sooooo much trouble for listening in and "BURPING" on the line.)

Yea... I remember S&H Green stamps. My grandpa had a barrel full of em. He use to redeem them for all kind's of stuff.When he passed in 2004 we found around 6000 of them in his shop. Why he was still hanging on to them .....we will never know. I dont think they were any good after about 1980.

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Posted by fox on Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:23 PM

My number back in the '50s was Madison 3. 

When my mother passed a few years ago, we found a good sized box full of Green Stamps in the attic all put into the books. No telling what they would have been worth when they were popular. 

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Posted by ugamodels on Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:44 PM

When we moved and got a new phone number,  I tried to get PA6-5000 but it was not in the available pool.

I type on a tablet. Please excuse the terseness and the autocorrect. Not to mention the erors. 

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Posted by Phil_H on Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:48 PM

In Australia, our government, in all its wisdom is replacing the entire nation's telephone network with an internet based system, laughingly called the NBN (National Broadband Network). We have no option, we will be forced to change over.

This means that eventually, every landline phone in Australia will be connected via a modem, which of course will require power. So in the event of a power outage, we will also lose the phones. Great huh?

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Posted by Retired In Kalifornia on Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:35 PM

Phil_H

In Australia, our government, in all its wisdom is replacing the entire nation's telephone network with an internet based system, laughingly called the NBN (National Broadband Network). We have no option, we will be forced to change over.

This means that eventually, every landline phone in Australia will be connected via a modem, which of course will require power. So in the event of a power outage, we will also lose the phones. Great huh?

 

I've got Comcast Internet & Telephone so keep extra modem batteries on the ready.

One Friday early last August towards sundown an Idiot going 80 mph in something hit a 21,000 kilovolt pole not far from me, heard the smack, sounded like a bomb, had PC on at the time, lost power instantly. I got back power in 4 hours but folks few yards south of me had no power for 3 days.

When I'd lived with the folks here routinely lost power during heavy storms, they had ATT service so never lost telephone service whole time I'd live with them, can't say that with Comcast, just praying the modem batteries hold up!

I SHOULD learn to be a HAM radio operator; they'd likely be the only folks left able to run a radio communications network in catastrophic circumstances.

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  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Friday, October 13, 2017 8:11 PM

Retired In Kalifornia

 

 
Toshi

 

 
Retired In Kalifornia

The last time - and likely the last time - I'd used a public pay phone was around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 28, 2011; the precision remains memorial...

 

 

 

Isn’t that just a miracle in of itself!  

 

Toshi

 

 

 

Sure was, didn't have a cell phone then! Do remember making Operator Assisted calls in 1960s, 911 wasn't active then either.

 

 

 

You wouldn't beleive where 911 was first created.  Haleyville, Alabama.... Whoda thunk?

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