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11 Sounds That Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard

Who knew that some noises could eventually become as extinct as the passenger pigeon? Depending on your age, you or your kids or grandchildren may have only heard some of the following sounds in old movies, if at all. 1. Rotary Dial Telephone The formerly familiary swooosh as the caller rotated the dial clockwise to the “finger [...]

Now You Can Dial Your Own Telephone! (1954)

In this instructional AT&T film from 1954, host Susann Shaw explains how to dial your own telephone. This was, of course, to ease the transition from operator-assisted calls to dial service. It’s bizarre to hear someone explain what a dial tone is, what a busy signal is, and how to dial a telephone — though [...]

A Short History of a Short Tone: The Dial Tone

Did you ever pick up the phone in another country and miss our North American dial tone? When I spent three years abroad, I never got used to the various tones I heard in my ear, both the dial tones and the ringing tones. It seems like a small thing, but when I finally moved [...]