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    I remember my phone number from childhood, a four digit number which I now use as the code for my house alarm
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    Before we had a phone at home it was quite an adventure going to a telephone box. They seemed graffiti free and non vandalised back then. They had telephone directories as well. I must be getting old lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacqueline View Post
    Before we had a phone at home it was quite an adventure going to a telephone box. They seemed graffiti free and non vandalised back then. They had telephone directories as well. I must be getting old lol
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    I remember our first telephone number was 88! Then after a few years they made it 2088. I remember the old red telephone boxes with big black telephones. 3d for a call and press button B to get your money back if they didn't answer. You pressed button A if they answered and your 3d dropped down so you could talk back.

    I also remember when there really were Dr Who police boxes! There was one just like it for years in the town centre and originally it was green then they were all painted blue like the Tardis. Only the policemen could use them, we hadpolicemen on the beat then too.
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    My parents had a wall mounted standard GPO phone until 1990, before getting a push button phone which I have as a spare.
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    I've never had a land line, but my parents went from the cream GPO to a cream push button to a cream SouthWestern Bell cordless which they have had for a million years. They're not very adventurous!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacqueline View Post
    We had a phone like the one in MB's pic. It was kept in the hall on a telephone table as described. We didn't have central heating so that was an incentive to keep calls brief. I remember phoning Dial-a-Disc and TIM. Ours was a party line and we shared with the first house in an adjoining road. If they failed to replace their receiver correctly we couldn't make or receive calls. I remember a couple of times my brother and I being sent to ask them to put their phone back properly. One time the woman denied it was off and my brother said "Yes it is, we heard you telling your husband you were doing liver and onions for tea!" Her face was a picture lol
    We had a party line when we got our first phone. It was with a young woman across the Crescent and it pinged if she received or made a call. Sometimes if you wanted to ring out she would be on so I always covered the mouth piece just in case. It was one one such mouth piece covering that I discovered that she was a 'professional' woman taking bookings over the phone. I only received 1 pocket money a week so the revelation was no good to me and Mum and Dad asked BT to give us a dedicated line the following day.
    Last edited by Grosh62; 21-10-2010 at 21:54. Reason: grandma,grammer...did it wrong!

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    my phone is a landline.

    it does not work well as ive spilt tea and coffee over the buttons.
    have to press each button hard and about 100 times.

    ive no interest in getting a mobile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grosh62 View Post
    We had a party line when we got our first phone. It was with a young woman across the Crescent and it pinged if she received or made a call. Sometimes if you wanted to ring out she would be on so I always covered the mouth piece just in case. It was one one such mouth piece covering that I discovered that she was a 'professional' woman taking bookings over the phone. I only received 1 pocket money a week so the revelation was no good to me and Mum and Dad asked BT to give us a dedicated line the following day.
    Ooh I'd forgotten about the pinging Grosh62. You're right, ours did that too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grosh62 View Post
    Marine Boy had my family's telephone!!!!!!! I even remember the number from 1974. (STD)467024. I'm tempted to ring it now and see who has that number now!
    I rememb.......Oh hang on! The phone's ringing!

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    In the early '80s we had a trimphone. I think it was cream or possibly light brown. Up to that point we had a phone similar to the one in MB's pic. I think the trimphone still had the dial rather than push buttons.
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