Friday, 11 December 2020

MEMORIES , TELEPHONES

 Sort of in keeping with the last post I'm going back in time again.
Not sure what is prompting me to do this backward thinking, must be my age.
Don't we all think that things were better in the past.  Even my kids 50, 53 and 56 are going back in time and saying how things were better when they were young. lol

This time I'm on the subject of telephones.
Back in the 50's and early 60's there was only one person in our road who had a telephone.
Miss Hall a spinster who had had a lucrative career in lace, she was the one to go to if there was an emergency.
The public telephone box was down the hill some way and probably had a queue outside waiting to use it.
Things could get quite heated if a caller was taking too long with knocks on the box to hurry them up.


I loved these phone boxes for one reason.
They all had a mirror in them and my beehive hairdo had to be checked every now and then to make sure it was all in place, lol
 
 When we were kids we never walked past them without a quick look to see if anyone had forgotten to collect the change.
Remember, press button A to hear them speak, press button B to get your money back.
Anyone remember that?

Who would have thought that we would have been able to see each other when we spoke like today, or carried our phone in our pocket.

For me the jury is out as to whether it's good to have a phone on tap or not.
Sometimes they are wonderful but most times they are an intrusion.





19 comments:

  1. Oh yes I remember going to the phone box to call my friend, we didnt get a phone until I was 14 and I can remember you could have a party line or a private line. I also remember my dad putting g a lock on the phone cuz we used it too much ๐Ÿ˜… Sometimes I wish I didnt have a mobile and sometimes I "forget" to take it with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. Brought back many memories and I agree about the intrusion of cell phones. I never take mine into the garden as I don't want to be disturbed.

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  3. I remember the phone booths, and used them as well! Cell phones sure have their pros and cons. So good to have if we are out alone and need help. But they have killed plenty of people who use them while driving. And some use them in church, as well!

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  4. I like those red phone booths, I understand they are being removed. I recall in the 1950s we had a party line phone, where several families used the line, and when someone was using it you had to wait. You could also listen to their conversation. My adult sons, too, are talking now about how things were better in many ways when they were growing up.

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  5. Amazing to think that the red boxes are now obsolete. When I was in England on holiday I saw one that had been turned into a toy library.

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  6. I definitely think my childhood was a whole heck better and safer than what kids are going through now. These smart phones are creating all sorts of problems, especially when people think they constantly have to be attached to them and everyone expects responses right away. I can remember using lots of phone booths as a kid. Plus the landline at home with a rotary dial that thankfully had a very long cord so I could call from the kitchen and then walk towards the dining room for some privacy when talking to friends. Now kids are hiding away with their phones and Lord only knows what they are up to if they aren't getting the proper guidance. The phone booths in Europe are definitely much more attractive than anything found in the States.

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  7. Oh my goodness this post is a walk down memory lane. Do you remember 'party lines'? Our telephone line was shared with the people that lived up the hill. Sometimes we would pick up the phone to make a call but they were already on the other end so we had to wait until they were finished. We weren't allowed to use the phone very often as it was expensive to make calls.

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  8. Yes, I remember the pay phones quite clearly from my childhood. I never used one often but I remember walking past them and checking for change that somebody forgot to take. We had a "party line" when I was little, meaning that many families shared the same line. So sometimes I could pick it up and there would be two ladies talking and I could listen... if I was quiet enough. Sometimes one of the ladies would say "Bertha, I think someone's listening to us!!" and then I'd quickly hang up. *ha-ha* Good memories! Thanks for stirring them up, Briony. I live in the past quite often these days. I'm happy there!! ~Andrea xoxo

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  9. Yes, I remember our small village had one phone box halfway down the main road opposite a farm. I also remember Mum and I having to walk down there with a torch in the early hours to call the doctor as my dad had collapsed in pain. All was well in the end. We later had a phone installed when my sister went to work at the local hospital and needed to be on call:)

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  10. I loved those phone boxes although I remember a lot of them were vandalised in my area you would go in to make a call and the cables would have been yanked out. I can remember the excitement when we got a telephone when I was a kid, I hate the phone culture now.

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  11. This reminds me of Cilla Black. Remember she used the public telephone box outside the flat where she lived for her incoming calls. She dashed down the steps whenever she heard it ringing, or she was stood by the side of it waiting for some news coming in. We might never have had the pleasure of all her songs if she didn't have access to that phone.

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  12. I'm another one who thinks the good old days were much better. I remember the phone booths all over the place or stores that had pay phones hung on the wall. Cell phones may be convenient but there are times when I'm out that I don't necessarily want to be reached. The younger ones are far too attached to their phones these days

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  13. "lucrative career in lace?" The mind boggles.
    Could you ever pass a box without pressing Button B on the chance that someone had left their money in? Worked a couple of times for me.

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  14. my boys are 53 and 55 so about the same as yours.. we did not have the red boxes here, but big ugly gray or white and no mirros and no a and b button. i do remember finding returned change. when you were without a phone we were on a party line, 3 to 5 families on one line. each had their own ring sound, talk about not taking turns, go to make a call and someone would be talking and we could hear them... I personally like these days better than the old ones. not for the phone calls but for the internet access..

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  15. Wonderful memories!! We of course never had our own phone with a family of 7 girls it was impossible for my parents to contemplate it. I do remember the red telephone box at the top of our street and I always checked to see if any change had been forgotten. An extra penny or two was a windfall to a nine year old then. The use of the phone was much more exciting then..hearing the coins drop and then quickly pressing the button to get through. Waiting to receive my mother's call once a week made me brave enough (I was a very timid child) to stand and wait for the call and tell anyone queuing behind me (adults) or who knocked on the glass that I was waiting for a call. I am so glad though that you can still see some of the old red telephone boxes in the UK even if they are being used for book swaps or as food dispensers for the needy. They are such a landmark!! Fascinating post!! keep well Amanda x

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  16. My goodness that certainly was a blast from the past, I remember them so well.

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  17. Though I am just a young lad compared with you Auntie Briony, I can indeed remember the A & B buttons in our village telephone kiosk. Out there in the sticks of East Yorkshire we sometimes phoned between villages - mostly concerning boy/girl relationships. Nowadays, when I set off on one of my long walks I am always delighted to be incommunicado as I have never owned a mobile phone but on the rare occasions I walk with other people I notice that they check or use their phones during the walk. It's quite irritating. The mobile phone has become a kind of drug in my view.

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  18. I was born in 1968 and my parents had a phone before I was born, but I remember using a phone box when I was out and about to call home. My grandparents didn't get a phone until the late 70s or possibly the early 80s.

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  19. Briony, I was born in New Orleans, La. in 1945 and don't remember ever not having a phone in the house... but maybe I was too young to notice. We did have a small round black one on a table in the hall when I was growing up. There were pay phones around, but not like the red phone booths in England... still like those. As for cell phones, I love them... not for the social side... but for keeping info that I would never remember otherwise and getting instant pics from kids and grandkids.

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