Remember Leasing Telephones?

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AT&T advertising flyer. If I remember correctly, until the 1980s telephone companies were monopolies. We used Southwestern Bell for local phone service and rented our physical phone from them. AT&T was the long-distance company. Then the mean ol’ government broke them up and now no one knows who to use. But, as the book title says, The Death of the American Telephone & Telegraph Company: How “Ma Bell” Died Giving Birth to the Information Age. I’d tried to find an actual phone catalog like the ones I used to look through. They had the donut phone, the old-fashioned kind where you pick up the mouth piece and the ear piece is separate, the “Princess” phone, etc. Someone has one. Let’s see it people!

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