November 18 is Push Button Phone Day. The unofficial holiday commemorates the anniversary of the introduction of the push button phone by Bell Systems in the United States.
First introduced to customers in some areas of Pennsylvania on November 18, 1963, push button phones were the fancy alternatives to rotary dial phones.
Push button phones are phones that use buttons to dial numbers and connect to another telephone user.
Today, the introduction of cell phones and touch screens have made push button phones obsolete.
How to Celebrate?
- If you can get your hands on a push button phone, try and install it and use it to make phone calls.
- Learn more about the science and history behind these phones.
Did You Know…
…that the first words spoken over a telephone were “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you”? They were spoken by the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell to his assistant Thomas Watson
Remember having just one phone in the house for everyone to share. Or maybe you had a party line? Good luck trying to find a payphone!