Only a Boomer can answer all these questions about vintage telephones

You might want to listen to "Pennsylvania 6-5000" for clues.

Telephone technology has radically changed over our lifetime. When we were kids, the coolest telephone we could imagine owning was shaped like Mickey Mouse. Today, we have folding computer screens.

Boomers can perhaps even remember the time of party lines. You probably had to live through several decades to ace this quiz, too.

See if you can answer all these questions about vintage telephones. We're talking land lines here, kids.

  1. What is this?
    Image: Radio Shack
  2. Which number is the arrow pointing to on a rotary dial?
  3. What is this device made by Ameritech?
  4. Which Elizabeth Taylor movie title is a telephone number?
  5. What is this kind of vintage telephone called?
  6. Why would you call the number 777-FILM?
  7. What is this device?
    Image: Radio Shack
  8. The telephone number "MUrray Hill 5-9975" is what type of telephone number?
  9. Who is this using a car phone in 1958?
  10. Here is an ad for an "Amazing Telephone Breakthrough" — the cordless phone! What year is it from?
    Image: Radio Shack
  11. What did dialing *66 do?
  12. On the West Coast, what would dialing "POPCORN" get you?

Only a Boomer can answer all these questions about vintage telephones

Your Result...

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RedSamRackham 4 months ago
* In Chicago dialing GOD-1786 got you a recorded political message from "Let Freedom Ring"
GonzoStrangelove 4 months ago
Missed one because of an accidental click. 11/12. Shows that we Gen Xers who grew up in rural areas can do well on this quiz, too.

Probably helps that I worked at a Radio Shack in the '80s ...
bnichols23 13 months ago
Decent quiz, although I do take issue with the claim that Butterfield 8 is a "telephone number." It obviously isn't, being only a phone *exchange*, not an actual number. But we can live with it, I spose. :)
Kergooliewyn 13 months ago
10/12 #6 and #12 got me. I lucky guessed on #9 and #12. You dont need to be a boomer. You just need to know a little about phone styles. phones.
Michael 13 months ago
I'm surprised no Picturephone, a smash hit at Expo 67, and people say at the 1964 NY World's Fair. I did go to the latter, twice, but don't remember Picturephones.
Dayna 13 months ago
9/12 Popcorn? Never heard of it. *66 never used because we always had a rotary phone. Murray Hill never heard of either.
Stardoc 13 months ago
6/12. Didn’t recognize some of those devices.
TheDavBow3 13 months ago
Missed MUrray Hill and *66. Fun quiz
RedSamRackham TheDavBow3 4 months ago
* As "yoots" we learned that we didn't have to dial entire word, just the 1st 2 letters!
RichLorn 13 months ago
I got a "wrong number" on a couple.
vinman63 13 months ago
I was waiting for lurch to say you rang.
Pacificsun 13 months ago
I loved this Quiz. And did so badly on it. Means I'm not as old as I thought!
JeanInTN 13 months ago
10/12. Didn't know the name of the phone in number 5, and I'm in Tennessee so I never called "POPCORN" and guessed wrong on that one. Number 9 was a lucky guess, as I never watched the shows with any of those three characters. At first, I thought number 7 was a modem, but since that wasn't one of the choices, I figured it out.
Moverfan JeanInTN 13 months ago
You'd think POPCORN would make more sense as the number to call for movie listings.
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