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Party Lines Millennials will have trouble believing these ever existed, but at one time the majority of North American households did not have private telephone lines. Instead, they were serviced by party lines--basically one common telephone line that served numerous households. Party lines existed in urban areas where private lines were unavailable or expensive, but they are more frequently associated with rural areas where great distances separated neighbors and made private lines expensive for phone companies to install. As late as 1943, three-quarters of Pennsylvania's telephone customers had party lines. Party lines had certain advantages: Important community news could be relayed quickly to everyone who was connected, but of course there were major negatives too. Privacy was a virtual impossibility as anyone else who subscribed to the party line could eavesdrop on others' conversations. Also, there was the obvious problem of one subscriber hogging the line, preventing others from making a call. (If you look at Ann Landers-type newspaper columns from the first half of the 20th century, one person dominating the party line was a frequent complaint.) Phone companies responded by offering protocol tips to party-line users. Among the typical suggestions was a five-minute limit per call. Eavesdropping on others' phone conversations did lead to some amusing anecdotes. Criminal schemes were known to have been thwarted by listeners who heard crooks discussing their plans. One college football coach overheard his rival's plans on how to defeat his team in an upcoming game. Most telephone companies discontinued party lines toward the end of the 1970s.
Tags: party  lines  telephone  systems 
Added: 7th November 2016
Views: 239
Posted By: Lava1964
Lincoln Logs Again, another multi year toy but for me it was the 60's I played with this the most.
Tags: Lincoln  logs  fun  toys  building  log  cabin  build  builder  imagination  wooden  toy 
Added: 7th June 2016
Views: 347
Posted By: BigBoy Bob
Duncan Yo-Yos The 70's was my decade with the yo yos!
Tags: Duncan  Yo-Yos  toys  fun   
Added: 7th June 2016
Views: 310
Posted By: BigBoy Bob
George Kennedy Passes George Kennedy, star of "Cool Hand Luke" and the 'Naked Gun' movies, has died at the age of 91 ... TMZ has learned. George's grandson Cory Schenkel says Kennedy died Sunday morning at 4:30 AM in Boise, ID. He says his grandfather had been in failing health ever since his wife Joan died a little over a year ago. George had been under hospice care for the past month. Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2016/02/29/george-kennedy-dies/#ixzz41bM1Sw00
Tags: George  Kennedy  Cool  Hand  Luke  Naked  Gun  tough  guy  movies 
Added: 29th February 2016
Views: 1064
Posted By: Old Fart
Mary Frann Passed In 1998 Mary Frann, Bob Newhart's most know as wife Joanna Loudon, on the CBS sitcom Newhart, which aired from 1982 to 1990. Mary died of a heart attack September 23, 1998 at the age of 55.
Tags: Mary  Frann  Bob  Newhart  Joanna  Loudon  CBS  Newhart  heart  attack 
Added: 27th February 2016
Views: 394
Posted By: Old Fart
Maurice White Earth Wind and Fire Founder Passes Age 74 TMZ is reporting that Maurice White, co-founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, died in his sleep Thursday morning. Maurice died in L.A. after a long battle with Parkinson's. He was diagnosed in 1992 and his condition deteriorated in recent months. The disease had progressed to the point he was forced to stop touring with the band 1994.
Tags: Maurice  White  Earth  Wind  and  Fire  Founder  Passes  Age  74   
Added: 4th February 2016
Views: 278
Posted By: Steve
Dental Dye Who remembers these from school days?
Tags: Dental  Dye  chewable  tablets  plaque  hygine 
Added: 4th February 2016
Views: 302
Posted By: Freckles
At The Video Store Tags: At    The    Video    Store    Blockbuster    video    vhs    dvd    rental   
Added: 23rd January 2016
Views: 308
Posted By: Music Maiden
Eagles Guitarist Glenn Frey Passes at 67 A message on THE EAGLES website confirms that founding member/guitarist GLENN FREY has died at the age of 67. FREY had surgery in NOVEMBER and has been suffering from intestinal issues for months. He relapsed before the holidays, forcing THE EAGLES to pull out of their KENNEDY CENTER HONORS appearance in DECEMBER. "GLENN fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia," the message stated. "The FREY family would like to thank everyone who joined GLENN to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery. Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community & millions of fans worldwide."
Tags: Eagles  Glen  Frey  Hotel  California  You  Belong  To  The  City  Desperado  Rock  And  Roll  Classic  Rock 
Added: 18th January 2016
Views: 274
Posted By: Steve
Dan Haggerty Passes At Age 74 Tags: Dan  Haggerty  Passes  At  Age  74  bears  mountain  lions  NBC  The  Life  and  Times  of  Grizzly  Adams 
Added: 15th January 2016
Views: 305
Posted By: Old Fart

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