Rotary Phone - Memory Lane: 15 Household Items From Your Childhood That New Houses Will Never See - Bob Vila
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Before cell phones, before cordless phones, before touch-tone phones, we had the rotary phone—either desk style or wall-mounted. Most often found in the kitchen, the phone typically had a very long, twisted cord attached to the receiver—long enough to make the stretch from the fridge, to the stove, to anywhere else. In many houses, it was the only phone—and it didn't have call waiting.