The telephone: love it or hate it

    We loved them, we hated them, we were disgusted with them, and now we find millions are in love with them. I am thinking about the telephones. You know I am a saver, and in going through “things” the other day I found a 1923 Beardstown telephone book.  The telephone was invented in 1879 and Beardstown had its first telephone in 1882; fifteen years later in 1897, there were 45 telephones in Beardstown. Twenty-six years later, when I was a baby, when the 1923 telephone book was published, there were over 1600 telephones in Beardstown.

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