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This instruction was necessary - and in two colors. It designates a dial telephone rather than the candle-stick, operator-controlled telephone. Lift the receiver, flick the bracket a few times, wait for the operator, then say, clearly, “Union 9 8 2 2 1.” Wait. “Hi, Mom!”

Later, Ma Bell introduced the Touch Tone Phone. The tones made phone phreaking possible. The need to distinguish the phone pad from the dial became necessary. And now we distinguish between a telephone and a cel phone. The cel phone is just a phone - the unmarked term. But we still dial. We have people on speed dial.

The dial interface is a body memory. The colonial prefixes - Union, Columbus, Hastings, Snelling, Marquette - rote learning from kindergarten. When all of Minneapolis was pink.

All dials work the same way.
how_to_use_a_dial_telephone.1520699582.txt.gz · Last modified: 2018/03/10 08:33 by morgan