Originally Posted by Greywolf
Yes, party lines and crank telephones! Our number was 3 long rings and 3 short. And a "live" operator who lived in the same town.
LOL! Imagine being away at college and having to place a call home. You'd tell the operator your three digit number and she'd ask for the rest of it. You'd have to convince them to just try it, and then when the call went thru, the "live" operator on the other end would ask you how things were going at school. My local switchboard was the last one in the nation to go to seven digit phone numbers.