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

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Greg 9 months ago
10/12 The candle stick phone was out of style long before boomers were born
Deannacameron 11 months ago
Hey I got 8 out of 12. Pretty good.
Angela 11 months ago
No.5? How old do they think boomers are anyway?
E1961 13 months ago
11 of 12. I lived in th Midwest.
DerekBird 13 months ago
You got 10 out of 12
Call a friend and tell them your score!
QazWiz 13 months ago
that wasn't the call for time in Michigan...

Also, surprised they didn't ask the legitimate phone number that NO ONE could be assigned. (the number contained neither "1"s nor "0"s yet never was assigned to a legitimate service)
QazWiz QazWiz 13 months ago
HINT: kids often risked getting a whippin' because of the number..... :D
EmBee 13 months ago
I grew up on the west coast (LA) and the number for time was 853-1212. "At the tone the time will be, seven...forty-four and thirty seconds B E E P".
QazWiz EmBee 13 months ago
yes, i think it usually was assigned as (3 digit local exchange) + 1212 (in Flint Michigan it was CEdar 4-1212 (234-1212))
Allison 13 months ago
11/12 I'm from NJ. WTH do I know about dialing POPCORN??? lol
jpdirisio13 13 months ago
10/12 Missed 6 & 12.....I'm east....never heard of POPCORN for the time. Besides.....I have a clock. Nyuk Nyuk!
Moody 13 months ago
10/12, missed the last 2.
KeithARies 13 months ago
l didn't, & still don't live on the west coast, so... l never heard of that. got all the rest correct tho!
Pacificsun 13 months ago
I had NO idea what #8 meant.

#10 wasn't exactly a cordless "phone" but a cordless "receiver." As you can see it wasn't possible to dial a number from it. But wasn't tethered to the phone base either.

They should've asked in what year was having a telephone in a car established (I'd like to know) but surprisingly it is seen in many TV shows going back through the 60's. So it's been around for a very long time.
JDnHuntsvilleAL 13 months ago
Not only do you have to be a boomer, you have to be a CALIFORNIA boomer to get some of these.
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN...😂🤣
Pacificsun JDnHuntsvilleAL 13 months ago
True, I didn't know getting the time was specific to California in terms of dialing Popcorn, but we did it all the time!
Granny 13 months ago
8/12 This boomer couldn't answer all of them!
Utzaake 13 months ago
9/12. The last three.
4. Ah yes. Butt-8.
DavidBarker 13 months ago
You got 10 out of 12
Call a friend and tell them your score!
Missed the caller ID box and the year for the cordless phone...
Tom DavidBarker 13 months ago
Tell them my Score? Score was a hair cream for grooming your hair. Their slogan? "What's the Score"!
JC 13 months ago
You got 9 out of 12
Call a friend and tell them your score!
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