Some nefarious person replaced the original cloth cord (which tended to wear out) with a more modern, coiled cord (well, not really “modern”, since most people don’t even use these today, but you get my point).
Barbara Stanwyck being psychologically tortured in “Sorry, Wrong Number”.These phones were ubiquitous in noir films.
What really drives me crazy is when I make a call on this and all I get is some robot asking me to “Push 1 for English”, or some such nonsense. Someone actually manufactures a handheld number tone gadget that you can hold up to the handset and make the noises into the phone, which apparently will work to communicate to those electronic-phone-robot-menu-things.
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