Posted by Nate Goldman
on Monday, November 18th 2019:
In Reply to: Re: Local candy stores/ice cream soda fountain stores posted by Barb on Sunday, November 17th 2019:
Regarding the local pay telephone, which I referred to in the candy store, I noted that if one did not have another dime to insert after three minutes, the operator would cut a caller off in an instant. Fast forward to 1976, when I was living in Columbus, OH, when I had an occasion to use a pay phone. I was approaching the three minute level, and I was concerned, as I didn't have any additional coins to insert. When the operator did not interrupt my call, I asked my Father-in-law, who was with me, why that was the case; he told me that there was no limit on the length of a telephone call, for a local number, from a pay phone. I later found out that the pay phones in Columbus (Ohio Bell) provided unlimited local calling, whereas the ones in NYC, (NY Telephone Co.), were on a measured rate.
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