Catch That Phone!

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Patti McGee, the 1965 Woman's first National Skateboard Champion, stars in an ad for the telephone company. Back then, there was only one, so they just told you to “call the telephone office or ask the telephone man.” And each house only had one phone, and it was attached to the wall. I do believe they’ve exaggerated the size of the average house in this TV commercial, but otherwise its a glimpse back into the strange world we had before touch tones, wireless phones, cell phones, and multiple phone companies. This was linked in a reddit thread about female skateboarders of the 1970s, although Patti McGee preceded them.  

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We had an extension phone in 1965. Wall phones were not the only way to go then, either. Now in the 50s, we lived in rural Wisconsin, and everyone in the area was on a party line. Each home had its own ring. Ours was 2 short rings. The egg lady was one short and one long. She also was very nosy, and picked up to listen when other people got calls. If my dad had an important call, he would say, "Please hang up,Margaret. This is business." She never figured out that when she listened in, you could hear her clock, which she kept right by the phone. Everybody knew that, because we all bought eggs from her, andcould see the clock by the phone.
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