I Remember Rotary Dial Telephones

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    My Old Phone

    I have a rotary phone on my work bench. It is funny it never looked out place until I was told by a friend that the phone belong in a museum.
    predator1836 predator1836
    36-40, M
    Mar 15, 2012

    A Much Slower Pace

    When I was growing up in the 70's and 80's making phone calls was quite a bit different than it is today. For example, if you wanted to make a call to someone, you actually had to know their phone number, unlike today where it is stored by name in our cell phones. In addition to...
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    7 Responses Sep 3, 2010

    Hanging On The Wall

    Yeah they use to ring while you dial the number. I miss those phones.
    Babeondwy Babeondwy
    41-45, F
    Oct 20, 2012

    Yes I Do

    In fact, my grand mother had one just like the black one in the group picture until the day she died.  She had tons of chances to upgrade, but always refused.
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    1 Response Jun 28, 2011

    Lets Give It Up For Rotary!!!

    I've still got one! Still works, slow as I don't know what but it reminds me of childhood - what can I say. I'm that old =)
    Littlemisssomebody Littlemisssomebody
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Sep 17, 2010

    The Rotary Dilemma

    I was at a friends house visiting and her youngest daughter had several friends over, she was six or seven. Anyway, this one little girl was supposed to call her parents when she was ready to be picked up. She came into the kitchen, where we were sitting and very politely asked...
    308shooter 308shooter
    56-60, M
    May 16, 2012


    My parents still have their beige rotary dial phone.  They keep saying they have to get rid of it and it is always there.  :) 
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Sep 24, 2010

    Yep Sure Do Remember Those Phones

    Those phones were something alright. I used to love how as the numbers got higher, the longer it spun. Sometimes I used to just leave the ear piece on the phone so it wasn't really calling anyone and just spin the numbers. Shows how easily amused I was lol
    doglover1984 doglover1984
    26-30, F
    3 Responses May 7, 2011

    Oh Yes!

    My grandma had one when I was a kid. I used to play with it a lot and call random numbers, asking for my dad. xD  No seriously, my parents went to work. And when I missed them, I dialed random numbers and went, "Hello, daddy?" And the person on the other line would be like, "Uhm...
    DarkAngel123 DarkAngel123
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 5, 2011

    The last house I lived at still had one on the

    basement wall, and my aunts kid was over and was about 10 and we showed it to him and told him to make a call, he didn't believe us that it was a real phone, so funny.
    damagedbadatbest damagedbadatbest
    36-40, F
    Jan 19, 2014

    Look up Louis C.K. on Conan.

    "Everything is amazing, nobody's happy." He talks about rotary phones and it's hysterical...ly funny. ;-)
    utahwriter utahwriter
    41-45, M
    Apr 24, 2014

    From... Childhood

    As today, I still remember - it was on the table in guest room.  I was very small child then, so always wondering how all grown-ups using it???  how can they call? :D strange disk with digits, strange combinations :)) a bit later, parents bought telephones with buttons and it...
    Bekther Bekther
    22-25, M
    Mar 21, 2011

    During My Childhood

    When I was growing up my parents first had a rotary dial phone in the kitchen. It was black and was on the wall by the door. Anytime someone wanted to make a call they had to dial the number. There was no way to program a number into the phone to just push a button to...
    Morgause Morgause
    41-45, F
    1 Response Nov 14, 2010

    Part Of My Collection

    I collect "antique phones' as they have always been a fascination of mine. My collection started with a "candlestick phone" that my uncle found at an auction, and knowing my fascination with phones, bought for me about two decades ago. I added many phones to my collection...
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
    46-50, F
    5 Responses Sep 3, 2010

    Wind It Around

    i was just talking about these  phones to day we had a yellow one and my mum use to place a lock on it lol i use to enjoy picking the lock with an hair clip till i could open the lock . i was about 7 my sis use to give sweets to open the lock lol  Did your finger hurt when you...
    roastlamb roastlamb
    36-40, M
    Feb 12, 2012

    I Thought My Daughter Was Joking!

    5 years ago our family was blessed with the addition of my 9 month old cousin, it happened over night and no time to prepare we put a call out to friends and family and by the time we returned from our 10 hour round trip car ride we came home to a fully finished nursery. My 13yr...
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    Feb 28, 2013

    I Still Have One

    I remember when you had to rent it from the phone company and could not own your own phone. Most homes had only one phone at that.
    ncbaseball4321 ncbaseball4321
    46-50, M
    1 Response Feb 9, 2011

    Telephone Instrument 746

    I sure do remember them. I used to install them in peoples houses.
    charlie1960 charlie1960
    51-55, M
    1 Response Jan 22, 2011
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    1 Response Oct 9, 2014

    And Party Lines!

    Not only do I remember them but I remember party lines AND when you only had to dial four numbers...no prefix!  Argh I'm feeling old!
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    1 Response Mar 21, 2011

    I Sure Do! My Grandma Had A Rotary Dial Phone Until 1998!

    Rotary dial phones were more widespread during the communist rule here in Hungary (and even they were a rarity), and my granny didn't throw hers out until she received a new one for the christmas of 1997.
    yrfrpd90 yrfrpd90
    18-21, M
    1 Response Oct 9, 2010

    when I was a kid we had one.

    It was brown and had a cord about a mile long and when you picked it up you felt like you were holding a square shaped bowling ball. I liked the way it clicked smoothly through the numbers as you dialed. That thing lasted forever. I have had lots of telephones since but that...
    Doomflower Doomflower
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 1, 2016

    I Remember

    We never had one of that kind, but my uncle had one. I would play with it's dial and then my mother would yell at the top of her voice. I was a small kid, so I could be imagining. It was back in those years, when a telephone was considered a priced possession, along with a...
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    Feb 27, 2013
    AuntieShani AuntieShani
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jul 23, 2014

    When I Was Growing Up

    we had this in my house when i was a kid and some pay phones were like this as well, times have changed since this
    mad316 mad316
    41-45, M
    Aug 5, 2012


    The first phone our family had is a black Rotary dial phone..We still have it, but no longer use it..Nostalgic memories..
    MeDaphne MeDaphne
    22-25, F
    Aug 20, 2012

    Old Rotary Dial Phones.

    They were so nice and heavy. I bet they would do a good bit of damage if you whacked someone upside the head with one. Not like the flimsy lightweight plastic things we have now.
    katnipkitkat katnipkitkat
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Feb 17, 2011

    Trouble Dialing

    Somehow I always started dialing the next number just a trace too soon.  I was the queen of wrong numbers!
    Plaid Plaid
    31-35, F
    Aug 27, 2011
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