Memories of Everyday Life

Who remembers when phone numbers included letters, e.g. RI4-2295, when milk was delivered to your front door and when the main way you looked up phone numbers was in the 10-pound Yellow Pages phone book from Ma Bell? Share your memories of everyday life.

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Connie March 6, 2014 at 3:10 am

So I didn't grow up around here but in Detroit, Michigan. I remember when you had 1 phone in the house and when it rang everyone ran for it so it would be answered by the 2nd ring! Imagine that! And when you answered it you would say Hello this is and your name. If you wanted to talk to your friend you would either walk or ride your bike there and knock on the door, open the door and say It's and your name and go right inside. If your friend was having dinner you also were invitied to stay and eat with them. At night in the summer you would try and catch those fireflies. Remember playing kick the can, statues, garage ball, I spy? Who had time to talk on the phone?


Sophia Bryant February 27, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I remember when we had "pagers" vs cell phones..that beep would go off and off we would go to find the nearest pay!!! Altho I prefer cell phones over pagers I miss that alot of our quality time with friends and has been greatly interrupted by texts vs calling..or people CONSTANTLY on their call phones at dinner, events, almost any and everywhere! I literally have to BAN the use of the cell phone in my home while we spend family time! So all and all the advancement of technology has been great, brilliant, and convenient, yet "costly" in the way we humans now communicate..but praise God for the CELL PHONE vs the PAGER!!!:).


JoAnn Hans February 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Gosh, I remember when I had to walk to school. There were no 2 hr delays because of bad weather, no parent/teacher meetings and no spring breaks, and no teacher conference days off. I remember coming home and helping with supper, and we would all listen to what we did during that day, next doing my homework and after that going to the neighbors' house to listened to the radio. Wednesdays were my favorite night because we would listen to Fibber McGee and Molly, afterwards Dragnet and then the Shadow, and then I had to go home and get ready for bed. Summertime was our favorite because we could go outside and play dodge-ball, jacks, jump rope, put on our skate and skate down the block (no more than the 10th house and back) and when it got twilight we played hide and go seek. If we didn't have enough kids to play with we chased the dog around the yard and got all dirty. In those days, you respected your parents and whatever they said you did otherwise you would get Mom's evil eye and later the grounded to your room for a week. When TV first was introduced Dad went into debt and got a TV. It didn't come on until five PM and went off at nine PM and then all you got was the test pattern. Saturday was a fun day for me. I would get up and do my chores early so I could watch the Winky Dink, and You show. This was a show that you could send away for a plastic sheet and special crayons and a decoder ring. The plastic sheet you put on the TV screen, and they would draw lines on the TV, and you had to follow with your crayons to get all the letters and at the end you had to have a decoder ring in order to get the answer. Then Gumby, Buffalo Bob, and Lasie came to the screen for kids. Those were the days I remember.


Alicia Stewart February 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

As a young girl growing up in west Baltimore, my oldest brother and I would put on our Ball Berring #5 roller skates and skate through the Charles Village and Greenmount area. Sometimes we'd skate to the Mondawmin area and into Liberty Heights. All the while we would have 20 to 30 children joining along in the skate. Those were the good ole' days.


AJ February 27, 2014 at 9:31 am

Living in the county, I can remember party lines where you had to wait for the 'other party' line people to finish their call before you could make your call. I can remember as a little kid looking forward to the milkman coming. You could leave a note in the milk bottle and he would leave milk, cream, ice cream, cottage cheese. My parents would always have a percolating pot of coffee on so he would come in in the morning and have a cup of coffee with us at breakfast. That was all in another world ago when you could still get 2 for 1 penny candy. This was all before the Beatles came to the US.


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