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Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 18, 2020 07:34AM
Inspired by Mr Downtown's previous post

Boomers, remember these??





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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: DP
Date: May 18, 2020 08:02AM
Nope! Our phones were hardwired in and I don't remember anything else until the plug-in types appeared. Maybe I'm too young...





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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: May 18, 2020 08:46AM
I remember.

Remember this?
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: May 18, 2020 08:50AM
Yes. I replaced them all with RJ-11 jacks in our house when I was about 11. Phone wiring... Daisy chain from heck. Then people decided the RJ-11 jack looked like an RJ-45 and why can't they run ethernet there ? I mean, you can, but only if its not daisy chained everywhere else in the house. Which they were. And coax networks ? I have about 500' of RG-59 in the basement...
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: Acer
Date: May 18, 2020 09:01AM
We had these, and a true party line to go with it.
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: MartyStickle
Date: May 18, 2020 09:15AM
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MrNoBody
Inspired by Mr Downtown's previous post

Boomers, remember these??




My sister and I shared a teenage telephone number and we had one phone with that kind of plug and a jack in each bedroom. If you got a call and the phone was in the other room, you could answer, pull the plug and run like hell for your own room and plug it in. I think you had maybe 10 seconds to plug in or the phone call dropped and you’d have dial it again!!



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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: pdq
Date: May 18, 2020 09:18AM
Why 4 plugs, I wonder? Phone (then and now) only used two conductors.
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: May 18, 2020 09:34AM
Red and green wires for phone signal
Black and yellow for accessory power, or for second signal line



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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: May 18, 2020 10:05AM
Not so much faded away as deliberately replaced by the RJ14 standard. I think the Bell System had already developed these in the early 1970s as cheaper than the clunky 404 plugs, but they quickly became ubiquitous once the FCC required the Bell Family to allow privately owned equipment to be connected to the network. That meant a standard interface had to be specified, so by 1977 you could buy them at Radio Shack.
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: mikebw
Date: May 18, 2020 10:33AM
Still have one of those jacks in a bedroom in my house now, but the only actual wired phone is in the basement.
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 18, 2020 11:03AM
We only had one phone in the house, kitchen wall w/5' cord, so no need for it. teenage privacy meant whispering until Mom said to speak up.



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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: May 18, 2020 11:12AM

and most proper homes had a telephone bench so you could chat.
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: blooz
Date: May 18, 2020 11:26AM
We had one of those benches. Wish I'd have saved it.



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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 18, 2020 11:38AM
I never had the 4 pin plugs in a house/apartment but I knew what the photo was of (but not the official name). Properly wired RJ-11 phone jacks would carry PhoneNet/AppleTalk signals.

My Dad upgraded a couple of plugs in our house with RJ-11 plugs to allow movement of the upstairs phone into bedrooms when people where home sick.



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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 18, 2020 12:12PM
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Acer
We had these, and a true party line to go with it.

Ditto. So you could listen in on a neighbor’s conversation.



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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: hal
Date: May 18, 2020 12:56PM
I've never seen one of those and I barely qualify as a boomer

maybe they never made it out west??
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 18, 2020 01:46PM
....lost a sock in the dryer.....



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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 18, 2020 02:21PM
maybe they never made it out west??


Sure, they did.

We had them in a couple of houses, and eventually I bought some RJ-14 to 4-prong adapters so I could use newer kit.

I also remember party lines, and in one place the other party was always on the phone.




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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: Cary
Date: May 18, 2020 03:13PM
My dad wired the house (and phones) with 1/4" phono jacks. He always worried about "the phone company" coming in and inspecting, and fining him for more phones than on our bill. He figured the phono jacks could be explained away as speaker extensions, if they came in.

They never did come...
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 18, 2020 04:50PM
....that's what she said......!!!!



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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: Mr Downtown
Date: May 18, 2020 05:51PM
Hal, they were less common in General Telephone territories, such as LA Westside/Santa Monica, Indianapolis, Honolulu. And if you never asked (and paid) for one, having only the one phone in the downstairs hall, for instance, it would have been hardwired into one of those round-cornered brown Bakelite junction boxes.
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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: jh
Date: May 18, 2020 06:41PM
Still have one similar to this one but more ornate in our hallway.

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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 18, 2020 07:49PM
......me drawers.....disappeared......



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Re: Another "Thing that Disappeared When You Weren’t Looking"
Posted by: BillMac
Date: May 20, 2020 04:31AM
I still have several. Our house was built in ‘66, previous owner worked in telecom. Of course they don’t get used, but we still have them!



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