REMEMBERING THE OLD ROTARY DIAL PHONE

Photo by Robert L. Huffstutter. Thanks to my friend Shane for permission to shoot this old bakelite rotary-dial phone.

  • ROBERT HUFFSTUTTER 3y

    IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE OLD ROTARY DIAL TELEPHONEPHONE By Robert L. Huffstutter.

    The early 50s and 60s were the best times in America. This is, of course, just one man's opinion.

    Why was it a great time today's generation might ask.

    In order for today's generation to understand, they would have to turn in their cell phones for a black bakelight rotary dial phone with a standard ring. No fancy custom ringtones, no none at all, just the old and loud standard ring that would make grandma call out, "Bobby, get that phone, I just can't get there in time."

    The phone would always be in the same location, not under a pillow or in a coat pocket. The spot where the phone was stationed was permanent. The cord was not usually more than three feet long, so no walking around while talking.

    One would either stand or sit and chat.

    Remind me if I am mistaken, but it seems that the tone of the callers'voice was much more clear than the voices coming through on cell phones today.

    The voices were louder too. What a pleasure it was to talk to a favorite girlfriend back then--or a favorite uncle. One other thing about the old phone was that while dialing, one could contemplate the subjects to chat about.

    Oh, sure, there were times when we might have wanted the dial to increase speed, but once the number was connected, we could hear the phone ringing in the home of the person we were calling. We could almost hear their footsteps as they hurried to pick up the phone and say "Hello."
  • California Swede - George Wester 3y

    I fondly remember that our phone didn't have a dial and the operator came on, "number please". These old phones are so cool. Wouldn't it be nice if today's youth could spend a year without electronics and be limited to a party line telephone.
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  • ROBERT HUFFSTUTTER 3y

    An essay about time and age by robert l. Huffstutter

    time is the most mysterious part of a lifetime; neither the young or old can explain it clearly and by the same token, it,s safe to say that neither the old or the young own more of it than the other.
    There is a wisdom about time, however, possessed by only the old; it is a wisdom that is impossible to gain in youth. And that is good in that it gives each person equal wisdom in due time. No youth can comprehend the reality of time in the way one who is three score and ten. Time, it is a reality that is so deceptive to one and all. The deception will always be realized later than sooner; and that is the sad part. But since time cannot be saved in a bottle or a vault, it is more or less irrelevant. Youth spends time as if it will never end while the elderly hang on to each day, far into the sunset and only let go reluctantly. Youth rarely, if ever, sit and gaze out window
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