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Wallphone which hangs in my kitchen.
Electric Mfg. Company
Sioux City, IA
I used a similar phone during a summer spent on a farm in the 50s. Folks in the area had different rings instead of telephone numbers. One long and one short ring was allocated for one family. Two short and one long ring identified another family. Each family would say, "I can't remember how many rings" so everyone would answer the phone. Folks could exchange news, use the telephone for emergencies or just talk. Party lines was the norm; private lines I don't think existed in the rural areas at the time.
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