Check Out The “Party Line” accessory
Now long gone, once upon a time – Lafayette Radio Electronics was pretty popular. They had everything – kind of like Radio Shack – but bigger and better. For me – I was a kid in a candy store. And, there was lots of candy.
Their old catalogs are terrific snapshots of bygone geek days.
Since consumer telephone technology is always fun to look back at – take a look at this from 1968. You couldn’t do an awful lot with that wired-in home phone – because, well – there were so many restrictions. There was no such thing as anything wireless.
But – there were some things you COULD add. Dig the telephone answering device that used an optional cassette player. It was lots of “extra”- just so your phone could automatically answer and spew your message.
And, at the very bottom – you’ll love this – the party line accessory called “Listen In.” Long before Blutooth – this thing used a wire and -you could only listen. “Share the pleasure of long distance calls.” “Teenagers can use “Listen In” for extra party line fun.”
A trip back to 1968 and telephone tech history: