Saying something's obsolete doesn't make it so

By Damon Young
Updated April 24 2018 - 12:18pm, first published February 26 2016 - 6:20am

To demonstrate rotary dial phones to my children, I turned to my computer. More specifically, YouTube. (Using my mobile would've been a little too cute.) I discovered a video of a forest green vintage phone – presumably German, from the late 1970s or early '80s. The chunky clicks; the whirr of the rotor spinning back; the time dilation, as what was then almost instantaneous telecommunication now seems like a hand-delivered note.

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