Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Telephone Evolution in this Blogger's Lifetime...

I've had a hard time deciding what I want to call Tuesday's posts. I have decided that I wouldn't worry about having a broad and generic title but what I will do is take a look at something old and something new. Sometimes I will write a short post and sometimes I may just post pictures. I hope you enjoy your visit here and come again. 

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Today, we were finally able to update our home phone system. We now have phone service through the cable company. It is somehow connected to our home computer and this service required a new cable modem that is about 4 times larger than the old one. I was thinking that as a person born in the late 50s, I've seen quite a bit of changes in telephones. From dial phones to push button, analog to digital, bulky box phones to miniature cell phones. Today is a look at a few phone styles I've seen.

One of my grandmothers had a phone like this although it was a bit dated at the time.

This was a common style I remember from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Here's a wall version that no kitchen in the 1950s, 60s and 70s was without.

Some people even had phones in their bedrooms and the 
"Princess Phone" was a popular model.

Then the push button phones became popular and besides models similar to the above but with pushbuttons, other novelty phone designs were becoming popular.

Alf telephone of the 1980s

It started to become commonplace to have call waiting,caller id, call forwarding, and conference calls. Now there are even households that do not have home phone service but exclusively use cellphones. Society is changing and it is virtually impossible to get away from ringing telephones unless you have a musical ring tone or turn the phone off. Phones also store numbers so with one button you can call someone. Let's not forget speaker phone technology too. I think most of us know that it would be hard to post a picture of a representative phone of 2011 because between cellphones and home phones there are phones that connect you to the Internet, have applications that allow you to remotely start your car, watch television and a plethora of other activities too numerous to accurately list.

A cell phone of the 2010s

  A home phone of the 2010s

Go here to read more about telephone history.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

We've Come a Long Way...

Stoves ca 1900--my paternal grandparents were children when these stoves were the latest thing to cook on in American kitchens!


Stoves 2011

Maytag MGT8775XB Double Oven Gas RANGE-LOWER Convect

Friday, February 11, 2011

Coming Soon, a Review of "Too Close to the Sun"

Only a few more pages to read in Too Close to the Sun:Growing Up in the Shadow of my Grandparents by Curtis Roosevelt. It has been an interesting read and I'm really looking forward to the end. Stay tuned, I'll do a review of this book in a few days...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Everytime It's Groundhog Day...

Every year on Groundhog Day, I don't think about the weather, ok maybe a little bit, but rather I remember  my paternal grandfather--Gilford Ackley French. This would have been his birthday today. He was born on 02 February 1888--you know you are getting old when you can say that your grandfather was born the century before last! Even though he's been gone since the 1960s, can you imagine the changes he saw during his lifetime such as automobiles, indoor plumbing, television--heck, radios were a big to-do back in the day. So, what I want to say is "Happy Birthday Grandpa."

Here's a couple of pics of him:


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Few Little Things About Genealogy...

I used to be hot and heavy in to genealogy. This was prior to public access to the Internet. I had written to distant relatives on my sons' family and mine. Many folks were considerate enough to write down family lines for me. I was so excited to receive this information! Unfortunately, not all people are as accurate in their information as we may wish. I was able to see a "family tree" that someone in my sons' family had written up for their big family reunion. WOW, that was great; great until I started reading it and realized that my sons were given my former husband's 2nd wife as their mother. That's not right,  I was there when they were born (ha ha)! Often, as I looked at old census records I noticed that many of the first names I was given for relatives were NICKNAMES and not "legal" first names. So, what I am trying to say, if one does research or documenting of historic topics, it is best to be accurate. If you are responsible for giving information for an obituary, it is nice to mention special people that aren't blood relatives, but for researchers using the obituary years down the road it is not reasonable to know that the "daughter" or "son" mentioned is actually a very special friend with no familial relationship. I have pulled out my research because one of my sons has an interest. I only have his paternal line back 4 or 5 generations and we're set to try and go back farther. I have learned the hard way to document my sources and if something doesn't sound right to me then I will also make notes on that. Who knows, maybe one of my descendants 100 years from now may pick up my notes and expand on what I've done.

Tuesday is Vintage Ads vs Modern Ads Day (02-01-2011)

Old Car Ad


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