Phone history and humor

Phones have changed a great deal over the years. I found some fun videos that give us a little insight as to the various major changes that have taken place in our telephone history. Here is a 5 minute documenary on the introduction of women as switchboard operators. It's amazing what training these women had and the strict rules they had to observe while working for the telephone company.  I thought I had it bad when I worked in customer service and was tied to the phone except for a half hour lunch and two ten-minute scheduled potty breaks! Not sure this is true, but I found one video that said, "As dial telephones were introduced - replacing operator service - instructions were shown in movie theaters as to how to use the new instruments."  Seems sort of silly now, but here's what they say played in theaters to introduce the public to how to use the new dial phones: Finally, in true Friday Funnies fashion, we skip to modern times with this clip from Ellen introducing the dumbest iPhone apps in history!  These are real apps.  My dh downloaded a similar fan, but it's not this annoying! LOL   If you liked this post, please subscribe to our RSS feed and share the link…


  • JoJo

    I never had a party line, but I think my mom did.

  • Carla

    Oh, I loved this!!!!!!!! I don’t remember operators either, but my mom does. I remember that tombstone heavy black telephone with a fabric cord, though. I also remember party lines, having to pick up the phone to see if someone was talking before you dialed. I think I was in Jr. High School when I got the newest thing out there. . . a Princess dial telephone!!!!!!!!!!! My friends were so jealous! LOLOL

  • JoJo

    Thank you, Rossas. Kim, I don’t remember operators either, but we still have a landline so my kids know what a dial tone is. Though he wasn’t sure about rotary phones til I showed him a picture and demonstrated how they worked. lol

  • Kim @ In Our Write Minds

    What a great trip down memory lane! I don’t remember switchboard operators, but I sure do remember rotary phones. With cell phones replacing land lines for so many, do kids today even know what a dial tone is?

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