I enjoy EVERY comment made on the Shipslog. I know some folk read the comments, some do not. There are some jewels. This is a quote from Paula’s comment:
………….It's funny how small town people lived back then. We didn't have a phone but our neighbor did and it was just inside the front door. No one locked their doors so I could go in and use the phone or sometime even answer it for them. If someone called the neighbor's house for one of us she would go to the kitchen window and yell Telephone call for who ever. (end quote).
Since I was raised in a parsonage there was always a phone. In Burlington, NC, I cannot count the times the phone would ring and mama would call to me, “Jackie, run down and tell Mrs. Jones (or several names) she has a phone call.” It is amazing how we shared things like the phone.
And from Myra……… “mama would get out the 3 minute timer when calling Minnesota”. The phone was such an improvement for the average citizen.
Sherry was in High School and working part time in a hosiery mill. She had the first phone the family had ever had, installed in their house on Hawthorne St. in Belmont. She was one proud young girl.
(A famous telephone operator, one ringy dingy, two…….. etc.)
Elizabeth, MA & Betty mentioned the fact of keeping in touch with distant family, even 40 miles was expensive. Betty too mentioned the 3 minute egg timer.
The telephone transformed our lives like no other innovation/invention until the internet. Do you ever wonder, What’s NEXT?
(And then came the touch tone, direct dial, the ultimate what could be better?)
Things have changed since that little bare footed boy in ‘overhauls’ run down the street yelling, “Mrs. Jones you have a phone call at our house!”
I had another entry altogether until I thought about the comments. You guys are great friends.