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Date Posted: 00:42:05 12/11/11 Sun
>>I spent my first 9 years in Wes's state of Michigan,
>>north of Bradford a ways. It was all party lines
>>(that I was aware of), and a wall phone, but we didn't
>>have the crank on the side of the phone. To call
>>someone we picked up the handset, and an operator
>>would ask "Number plea-uhz". Our phone number then
>>was 953. The phone number of Jack, my best friend at
>>the time, was 188J. I don't remember any others. I
>>consider myself lucky I remember those! Oh, yeah, I
>>remember my parents being POed that it was a toll call
>>to Muskegon 30+ miles away from our house, though the
>>operator who answered was in Muskegon! We could call
>>our town free for the basic charge. We moved to the
>>big city (in Illinois - meaning the "biggest city"
>>then) shortly after that, and it was TR7 and SP7
>>prefixes, all dial, no touch tones yet (or for a long
>Let's see, our first phone number was 108 - meaning
>we were on local line one, customer #8. Rita's number
>was 309, or the last # on their line. My sister and
>her hubby were number 505, but it was easier to drive
>3 miles than call them because of some teenage cousins
>who kept the phone line busy so much.
>Dial phones and underground phone lines didn't come
>into the area until the early 1960s and I'd left home
>by then, so I don't recall the new prefixes or the 7
>digit numbers of the time.
>As an aside, I still have a dial phone in my bedroom,
>but it only works for incoming calls now, so I keep a
>cellphone handy on the headboard of my bed in case of
Ummm... that doesn't sound right... a rotary phone works for incoming but not outgoing?
Assuming the phone is wired properly inside, and the dial speed is correct it should work just fine.
I had a 1959 rotary phone on my line until just recently... and it sounded better than most of the modern phones.
If you pick up the handset and wiggle the hookswitch up and down rapidly a few times does the dial tone go away?