Here’s a fascinating piece of history that’s related to obsolete things, which was the topic of yesterday’s edition of the Sunday Seven.
Those of us who grew up with them never had to have any elaborate instruction on how to work an old-school rotary phone. We just somehow got it.
But when rotary phones first started appearing, replacing previous models with no dials that required asking a local operator to route your call every time you wanted to speak to someone, a major educational campaign was produced to explain to telephone customers how that strange little device really worked.
I found this video on YouTube.
There are even older versions, including a silent one produced in 1927 featuring the original candlestick phone as the example. It’s amazing what you can find on that site!