Telephones, Technology, and 10-Year-Olds

0 comments Posted on November 18, 2019

by Angela Breidenbach

The first telephone was used at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. My grandfather was ten years old when the new telephone revolutionized the world. The first push button telephone was used on this day, November 18, 1963, a few short months before my birth.

I was ten, using my grandparents’ bell phone with a crank, in 1974. It was so much fun asking the operator to connect me to a number like HA81234, but only if Mrs. Zimmerman would get off the party line. They hadn’t opted into the push-button technology quite yet. For goodness’ sake, why would anyone need that?

My first mobile phone in 1993, required for my radio sales job, was the size of a brick. Remember those? My son was about ten. It was all I could do to keep him from charging up my phone bill.

Now my grandson is about the same age as his great-great grandfather at the invention of the newfangled crank phone. He doesn’t blink an eye at the technology of a computer in his hand to play video games that happens to make phone calls. But he sure asks to play with my phone a lot. I suppose some things never change. Grandparents have the coolest toys.

With all the ability to talk to anyone via phone or video, text or social media, the desire to connect deeply is still the most important. I wonder what communication will be like in the next generation or two for a ten-year-old. Don’t you?

Angela Breidenbach is a professional genealogist, bestselling author, and president of the Christian Authors Network. She was recently awarded Outstanding Broadcasting from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Read her historical romance, “Seven Medals and a Bride,” in The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection from Barbour Publishing for more surprising inventions from the Chicago 1893 World’s Fair that changed the world. Social media @AngBreidenbach.


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