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  1. I lived in Massachusetts with my parents and my brother with his new wife moved to California in 1958. At that time a long distance land line phone call from Mass. to Calif. cost $3.00 for the first 3 minutes and a dollar a minute after. ($3.00) was min. Oh yeah and that was at the lowest nighttime rate. In those days there were three different time rates for long distance calls. You couldn't dial long distance direct until around 1965-68. We've come a long way. Adjusted for inflation 3.00 in 1958 equal 28.00 today.
  2. My most memorable ride, while not super, was in my brothers 1954 Corvette. I was 14 and this was my first driving experience. Many other fantastic cars drives from every decade since the 1920's have come and gone, but this is the one that sticks with me. You never forget your first time. Oh excuse me, are we still talking about cars?
  3. The phone shown here in this picture was on an analog system which by the way was what GM's OnStar used prior to the end of the 2010 decade. Then everything changed to digital and made these phones obsolete. OnStar notified everyone with a used car that still was connect to their system that they could no longer support it and ended OnStar for those cars. I had these phones in my car and motor home from the late 80's till they ended and they served me very well.
  4. Actually table phones in restaurants and hotel Lobby's did have wires. They would be brought to the person and then the service personnel that brought it would take the wire to the closest phone socket and plug it in. All these sockets were wired alike. In the movies they can do anything they want. The eastern shore of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia is flat land and the Bell Telephone Mobile phones worked well. Not only did contractors have them, but so did the Feds and every phone company executive have them. The land was so flat and Delaware being only 96 miles long, the State Police communicated via FM radio units.
  5. In 1910, Lars Magnus Ericsson in Stockholm Sweden installed a telephone in his car. As he drove around the country, Ericsson would connect his phone with a pair of long electrical wires into the telephone poles installed along the road. This was the first car phone, the concept did not take off in popularity. Ericsson was a big name in telephone service and equipment in Europe. The first picture of a 1964 Motorola phone like I have and used in the 1960's was hooked into the Bell system and was just a dial out party line phone. The trunk unit wasn't extremely large. However, the large cables that connected it to the phone was a real headache to install. Also the thin wire antenna was mounted directly in the center of the cars top. The second photo is the equipment needed for the radiotelephone systems in the late forties. Just think how hard it would be to carry all that on your belt or in your pocket!!!!!!
  6. You can go on Ebay. Occasionally there's someone selling a unit. I have one in my collection of phones. I used them back in the mid sixties when I worked for a general contractor in Delaware. You could dial directly out on them and receive calls directly dialed to them. But, they were party lines. When you picked up the receiver it might be busy with someone talking and depending on your service, you might have to wait or punch another line until you found a tone.
  7. This may not answer anyone's questions, but here's a good supplier for electrical coils on the unusual type and such. https://mykmlifestyle.com/
  8. In those days, off roading and camping was about the same thing. What cruising speed? You didn't need speed on dirt roads and woods trails. Now a days we have 4 lane roads right up to our camp site.
  9. Don't get me wrong. I'm not disputing it's a Lincoln Zephyr but because of the fire damage, the gentleman's father-in-law may have used some items of various years. I think the only way to truly find it's year is by VIN number.
  10. Lincoln Zephyrs to my knowledge didn't have push button doors until 1942. The front fenders/hood looks more like 1940/41. That's a strange looking steering wheel for a Lincoln of those years. also radio. Then there's the "looks like a Cadillac" hood ornament. It's not a Lincoln Zephyr hood ornament. Ok, this is my 2 cents. Now tear me apart. Bill
  11. That's cause their packages keep shifting. haha
  12. It's a 1930 Walt. If you will notice the belt line at the windshield that extends to the hood, the 31's didn't have that. Their belt line stopped about 2 inches beyond the windshield post. Also, the 31's didn't have fender lights nor a rib down the center of the fender. Bill
  13. This is the Nomad that I want.
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