Today in Instructional Videos: How to Dial a Telephone

Time once was that the rotary dial on a telephone was the great leap forward in consumer technology innovation. AT&T came through with an instructional video explaining how this new-fangled contraption actually worked.

Via the AT&T Tech Channel:

The goal of this film was to aid in reducing customer dialing irregularities by demonstrating the correct way to use the dial telephone. It documents the shift between operator-based connections (which were on the way out) and having to dial the phone and make the connection yourself.

The dial telephone was new at this point, although the two-letter, 5-number system was still commonplace. This film even has to explain what a ringing and busy signal sound like!

H/T: Laughing Squid.

  1. myelectroniclife reblogged this from futurejournalismproject and added:
    Ah, the good old days.
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