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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bnichols23 18 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 21 days 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 21 days ago
6/12. Didn’t recognize some of those devices.
TheDavBow3 21 days ago
Missed MUrray Hill and *66. Fun quiz
RichLorn 21 days ago
I got a "wrong number" on a couple.
vinman63 22 days ago
I was waiting for lurch to say you rang.
Pacificsun 23 days ago
I loved this Quiz. And did so badly on it. Means I'm not as old as I thought!
JeanInTN 24 days 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 21 days ago
You'd think POPCORN would make more sense as the number to call for movie listings.
JERRY6 24 days ago
Primetimer1 24 days ago
11 out 12....didn't understand #8.
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Wendy57 JeanInTN 23 days ago
Thanks for sharing your knowledge of telephone number history. I think that it is facts we can all relate to and always questioned. 🤔
RichLorn JeanInTN 21 days ago
I liked phone number exchange names. Mine was IVanhoe. It was actually easier to remember numbers for some reason. More lyrical.
Stardoc Primetimer1 21 days ago
Lol, that’s one of the few I did understand.
Moverfan DavStuSuth 21 days ago
My mom used to work for Michigan Bell (either billing or customer service--I was five) and I missed that one myself. Of course, I was born in the early sixties, so...
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