I saw this at the Habitat for Humanity store. $35. Do you recognize it? Did anyone in your family have one?
My grandparents had one that was a bench style in white. The basic black telephone sat on the table, and if the phone rang you sat down and answered it. Archaic in comparison to today’s standard of never even going to the bathroom without your phone.
The black telephone that sat on my grandparents’ table also had one other challenge – it was a party line. If I remember correctly, there were three families on this one line. Each family was assigned a number of rings from one to three.
Once you determined the call was for you and answered it, you’d hear the pick up and disconnects as other families wanted to make a call and couldn’t because the line was busy.
These families were farmers, and spent most of their day working outside. There certainly were no recorders for messages so if someone was trying to reach them, they just kept calling back every 30 minutes. Can you imagine listening to a phone ringing but not picking it up?
I do remember one time my Grandmother told me to pick up on Mr. and Mrs. Santee’s ring and tell the caller they weren’t home. That was certainly another day another time.
My husband spent his entire corporate career working for Ma Bell, but I do wonder if Alexander Graham Bell is smiling or shaking his head at our current smart phone addiction.
So, do you suffer from nomophobia? 🙂