A while back I was hunting for an item in our special collections room when I happened upon this nifty pamphlet from the early 1900s. Are you ready for this? It explains how to use the dial phone. Moving to the dial phone was a major shift for the public. Prior to this, callers would pick up the phone and speak with an operator who would connect them. Click on the image at the left for a little phone instruction history.
Also, check out the Random Acts blog post on phone dialing.