And mine for the whole time I lived at home from early 50’s to late 60’s was Temple 1 5503. I even have a memory of being in grade school and sharing a party line with neighbors!

But the most fun I ever remember having on those old phones was after the Beatles would appear on the Ed Sullivan Show, and I would call my two best friends and scream and shriek and generally act totally hysterical over Paul! (To the utter disgust of my father!)

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.