1960s, Culture, Fun, History, Humor, Nostalgia, Photography, Pics, Vintage

Please Hold

Bill Averett

All images are from the 1961 Baylor University Round-Up.

Bobbie Sue Wilson

According to these pictures from over a half century ago, folks have always had a love affair with phones. All that was available at the time was the black, corded rotary kind, like the one we had in our dining room for years.

Larry Hodges

I still have nightmares, where I’m calling someone on a rotary phone, and I have to start over again, or the rotary won’t work right.

Darla Prudom

I remember waiting for hours for my friends’ numbers to stop giving me the busy signal, so that I could update them with the latest dish. Sometimes, I’d just give up altogether. There was no voice mail, and you had to get through to the line in order to leave a message on the answering machine.

Gerry Frederick

We couldn’t walk around the house, either, so we were tethered to the base. And the cords would inevitably get wonky in their coil. You remember janky, improperly-coiled cords? I guess that still happens to office phones.

Bruce Peterson Photo

By the way, did anyone ever clean their receivers? These days, I Lysol-Wipe our phones regularly. I guess those were the days before antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizer.

Mrs. Hardcastle

The university even had a Cotton Bowl float devoted entirely to the phone!

So don’t let anyone tell you we haven’t always loved our phones, even before they were smart!

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1930s, Culture, Fun, History, Nostalgia, Photography, Pics, Vintage

Putt Putt

I Remember Distinctly

Garnet Carter built his first “Tom Thumb Golf Course” in Lookout Mountain, TN in 1927. Two years later, he drove to Miami to build another. By the following summer, mini golf courses were springing up around the USA along roadsides. Folks could stop and play on greenswards made of cottonseed hulls (Astro Turf was not patented till ’65) and roll their balls through the pipes. Living through The Depression may have stunk, but at least there was putt putt.