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Old 06-07-2017, 08:12 AM   #41
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I was born and raised in Chester and remember the phone number prefix was letters Tremont was TR
Yeah, I remember that. I am from Upper Darby and I still use the exchange prefixes when calling the few that never moved.

You could always tell where a person lived by their phone prefix. It was not unusual for a person to be referred to as being from CLearbrook or FLanders etc.

Bell used to threaten to terminate our phone line because my uncle would get into arguements with the operators. He would say get me so and so in Philly because he didn't know the number. That worked alot until home phones became common. If an operator didn't cooperate he would start cursing her.
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:18 AM   #42
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Can't believe no one has mentioned "party lines"!!
I remember picking up the phone to call and hearing another conversation.
I also remember there were a couple of "older gals" who liked to talk a LONG
time and getting an open line to make a call could be a real challenge.

I also remember a bank of "dry cell" batteries in the basement. I'm pretty
sure they were for the phone and got replaced every so often by someone
from the phone co.

Our phone at home would ring if the call was for us.
At my grandma's house you had to count the rings to know if the call was
for you or a neighbor. Two long and one short for grandma I think...
We had neighbors that hated each other because of the party lines.
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:23 AM   #43
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A few miles south - Wilmington - ours was Porter - PO
I had a job in Wilmington as a teenager. Before the Interstates. There was only a handful of traffic lights between Upper Darby and Wilmington, not like today. A few times I made the trip in 20 minutes in my father's 1956 DeSoto.
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I remember a time when life was a lot simpler...... the good ol' days When men were men and women were glad of it

No, actually. You don't. What you remember is you childhood

What people are forgetting when they 'harken back to a simpler time' was that they were usually kids then, and they were insulated from the weight of the world. The world wasn't any simpler then, just your lives were.

Sure, I remember the 70 and (early)80's with some affection. Riding bikes after school, jumping ramps, climbing trees and generally not having a care in the world. I'm sure some of you older guys will not have so fond a memory of that time with Stagflation, gas shortages, double-digit interest rates on home loans, crushing unemployment and on and on.

Like the song says, "These ARE the good old days". I enjoy this day and age tremendously and wouldn't want to go live in the 70's or 80's for all the tea in china. Technology has certainly changed the world. And it seems to have sped up all our lives, but the truth is, all it has done was connect us to a greater, larger world. Some of that world is scary, but most of it is fantastic.

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When I was little we had Operators. You picked up the phone receiver and the operator would say "number please."
Yep. My aunt. She's still alive. You'd pick up the phone and wait and she'd say "CENTRAL". I'd say "Where's Mother, Aunt Mae?" and she'd say "Probably at her beauty shop".

That's true, really happened! Party lines were for those poor folks that lived in the country (like my wife), where the phone company couldn't afford to string a 4-pair cable to EVERY house!!

1961 we got dial phones. She was 'reassigned' in Bell Telephone. But we only dialed the last 4 digits for in-town calls..........all the way till probably the 80's....
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No, actually. You don't. What you remember is you childhood.
Actually I do. At least regarding the bold part above. I'm only 46 but I remember not too long ago society didn't glorify the feminizing of men.
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Actually I do. At least regarding the bold part above. I'm only 46 but I remember not too long ago society didn't glorify the feminizing of men.
We're not gonna go there!
Keep it light-hearted or keep it to yourself.
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When in 5th grade @ 1973 the teacher brought in his
reloading gear and we spent a few days learning reloading handgun ammo as science class. There was no issue, no parents going ballistic. The guy did that with every class for years. I'd like to see what happened if that was tried today.
I also reload(not as of late) rifle and pistol. This is not as feasible today... the costs associated have changed. I used to reload cast pistol ammo for about $6 a 100... now it is $14-15 if you can find the materials.

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OK, the site team is going to need to really review this one, and as such need to close it while doing such, as it's moving too fast to keep up with the reported posts on it.

It's has devolved into some subjects/posts that are against the site guidelines.
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