Using a Dial Phone in Des Moines

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.


2 Responses

  1. I can’t seem to bring up the information when I click on the image. Any suggestions?

  2. You may need to download a free software program called Adobe Reader to view the document. It is in a PDF format. The free software can be found here: On the right hand side of the screen, click on Get Adobe Reader. This is a very common software and you will probably use it in the future.

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