Her First Telephone Call – 1937 Bell Telephone System


So I grew up in the 70s and to me, for whatever reason, the telephone was something that adults used. Long distance had an exorbitant cost and phones had cords. It was just… very, very different.

In this advert from 1937 it’s evident that the phone is still an item used for business and business only. Betty Sue is making her first call today and “the telephone may some day become commonplace.” My how times have changed. Kids not only consider the phone commonplace but many have their own numbers. Also, check out the size of that receiver. You could bludgeon a polar bear with that thing.

First Phone Call

First Phone Call

What’s your history with the phone? Was your first phone call a significant day in your life?

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4 responses to “Her First Telephone Call – 1937 Bell Telephone System

  1. chaconrafa

    I grew up in the mid-fifties, and my family didn’t have a phone or TV until the sixties, but my very first time was at my grandmother’s home; it was an extraordinary feeling, and I can still remember my grandparent’s number it was only five digits (5-2342) They have been gone for over 50 years.
    Thank you it brought back their number.

  2. Wonder if Betty Sue had a party line? That’s what we had, in the 70’s! That was when anybody in the neighborhood could pick up the phone and hear everybody’s conversations. We had our own personal “ring” that meant a call was for us. Oh, and in Chicago commercials always used their exchange in their jingle — anybody else remember “HUdson 3-2700”? The first two letters translated to the alpha character on the dial. Wow, I love these old ads and the memories they inspire.

  3. We had a yellow wall phone when I was growing up. When we got our first cordless phone it was like the. most. amazing. thing. ever.

  4. Cathy Barzo

    I grew up in the country on a farm and we had a party line, so you couldn’t always make a phone call any old time. There was etiquitte to be followed – you didn’t want to be too anxious and keep picking up on someone, but at the same time it told the people on the phone that someone else wanted to make a call. Lots of give and take. Would that ever work in today’s society when everyone wants everything right now.

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