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Ysenda Maxtone Graham - Joy of old phone numbers

Features | By Ysenda Maxtone Graham

Dial R for romance: the joy of dial-up telephones

How romantic old phone numbers were! Ysenda Maxtone Graham still remembers them off by heart, decades after they came to an end

Do we all have, in our heads, the sound of our father or mother answering the telephone, very clearly, sometime in the mid-20th century? I do. My father would announce the name of our local telephone exchange followed by the familiar four digits, with a slight upturn as he spoke the final digit – the cue for the person at the other end of the line to declare who he or she was. ...

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