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How to Dial a Rotary Telephone

Flashback: How to Dial a Telephone

It may seem intuitive now, but when dial telephones first hit the scene, peeps needed a tutorial on how to use them. It was customary to have an operator do all the work up until that time, so the simple act of dialing for one's self was quite a task. The following vid was shown in movie theaters to educate the public on how to use the new self-serve telephones. It's interesting that a child was used for the demonstration. Did they already know that she was gonna grow up, become a teenager, and monopolize that phone? All. Night. Long.

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italianblonde italianblonde 9 years
That was cool to watch. I LOVED going to my great-grandparents' house when I was young because they had that kind of phone and I called everyone on it haha.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
My grandma had one, too! We also had one when I was really little.
loveleighdancer loveleighdancer 9 years
i think it's funny to that at that time the phone number was only 5 digits.
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
My grandma had a rotary phone when I was little. It was annoying.
Modegirl Modegirl 9 years
Wow, unbelievable!
anaisethenry anaisethenry 9 years
My grandmother had one of those, I loved it! I think they were just trying to say that if a child (a female at that) can do it, then anyone can... idiots :rotfl:
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
When I was a kid we still had those that had to be turned. I didn't know how the use them and never figured them out while they were still around.
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