This photo was entitled 'Thoughts Have Wings' by the photographer. I believe he knew what he was talking about. Most kids have BEEN THERE!
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I mentioned older phone systems earlier. I am smiling remembering our phone bills. They were divided:
. long distance calls--$_____
(Long distance could have been the next town)
Mother's day was the Phone company's biggest Long distance day.
Long distance calls were expensive and we all tried to keep them to a minimum.
In the military many times we would use the pay phone instead of our house phones. Change was set aside for payphone calls.
You could tell the operator you would like to reverse the charges and they would ask the person you were calling if they would accept the charges for a call from you. Problem was, you could hear the person you were calling say yes or no. I never did near no, but I know people who did.
Father's day was the biggest 'reverse the charges' day.
'I remember city+4 digit' numbers. Many of us were around when prefixes then area codes were added. I do remember the sweet voiced operators, “Number Please?”
Did you ever listen in on party lines?
Did your party line have a ‘line hog’?
There came a time you picked up the phone and instead of 'Number Please?' you heard a 'dial Tone' meaning you could use your 'new' rotary dial phone. Followed soon by 'Ms. Push button' phone. And then there was long distance 'Direct Dialing'.
My Sherry went to work part time in High School and had the first phone 'ever' installed in their home.
Once my family had the only phone on the block and mama would send me to get Mrs. Green or Phillips because she had a call.
Old Alexander Graham Bell would be shocked to know what that simple device has grown into.
Oh, did you ever play ‘Telephone’ with string or wire and tin cans?
PS: Little known facts about the USA, from Cousin Tony:
There are around 5,000 commercial airplanes flying over the United States at any given time.