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This and That

I 've mentioned that I like searching Ebay for childhood toys, furniture of yore and so forth. Youtube too is a wonderful resource to look up old songs, movie and TV clips from our pasts.

Wired.com recently posted a list of tech sounds we won't -- or don't -- hear anymore. Included was payphone sounds, which come in all kinds. If you look up those on Youtube, there's a reminder of the old, complex and wonderful system that we give up by using cell phones. Every part of the pay phone sounds you'd hear had significance:

network sounds
sounds part 2


Well, couldn't post a video but linking works.

posted on Dec 3, 2013 7:36 AM ()


As recently as 1986, we were using pay phones. I can't remember when I
got my first cell phone. Answering machines were a real benefit to me too.
I never thought the day would come when everyone, including the children,
would have their own phones.
comment by elderjane on Dec 3, 2013 3:20 PM ()
I remember having to walk, on a busy day, several blocks to find a working pay phone in NYC. They were often vandalized. But there were pay hones around on September 11, 2001, even though the phone lines were so overburdened that you couldn't get a dial tone. When I was growing up, we didn't even get a phone until I was about 11. That was a day. Same with our first radio. I am ancient.
reply by tealstar on Dec 4, 2013 3:29 AM ()
I was reading a James Bond book, written in 1957 or so. James was in a club and he lit a cigarette from a gas jet housed in a wire cage on the wall provided for that purpose. What struck me is that someone today who was writing a book set in that era would not know such a thing ever existed. Progress means we lose those little touches of everyday life in the past, but my thanks go out to those who try to preserve those memories.
comment by troutbend on Dec 3, 2013 2:07 PM ()
The gas jet was for lighting cigarettes and similar things? I have never heard of such a thing so late in time, the 50s. It wasn't part of a stove? It sounds like the old gas light fixtures' last gasp.
reply by drmaus on Dec 4, 2013 7:42 AM ()

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