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Re: TV Show - Legacy Phone in Scene

Joseph (
Fri, 21 Oct 2005 08:13:21 -0700

On 20 Oct 2005 11:47:07 -0700, wrote:

> As an aside, in the 1970s they had fully _manual_ (no dial) payphones
> in Poconos (Penna) resorts. This made sense since most calls from a
> resort guest would be long distance and the area didn't have TSP/TSPS,
> so an operator would be required to complete the call anyway.

When I went to camp in Farmington, Maine ~1968 they had dial-less
three slot coin phones where the operator completed all calls. The
operators all used dials! No key pulse. An interesting bit was that
the SXS office (207-778) was right on the main street and because it
was summer the windows were open and you could hear the clatter of the
SXS machine going.

Some friends of mine lived for a time in Bowdoinham, Maine (207-666!)
and they had dial-less coin phones, but these were the "fortress" type
pay phones. They just had a number card in the middle of where a dial
or push buttons would normally be.

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