Gather around, kids.
A long time ago, we didn't have smartphones. We didn't even have cellphones. We had phones that would only work if you plugged them into a special outlet on the wall. And none of them could operate SnapGram or InstaChat or whatever newfangled things you use nowadays.
This is what we had to use. It's called a rotary phone. You dialed numbers (there were no contacts) by turning the wheel, often while wearing an onion on our belts, which was the style at the time. And now designers Søren Pors and Apama Rao have faithfully recreated the original design in a functional sculpture called The Uncle Phone.