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Sue Burke
What is this socket? 
15th-May-2019 08:46 am
Let me see..
WallPlugPT

I recently moved, and the wall outlets in my new apartment include two standard three-pin electrical power sockets (two power blades plus a ground pin), which are used here in the United States and in some other countries. The wall outlets also have that mysterious four-pin socket. What is it? It took me a while, but I remembered. Do you know?

I’ll give you time to think.
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Hint: This building was constructed in 1973.
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Another hint: Ironically, this kind of socket, installed in several places in every room as a minor luxury, almost immediately became obsolete.
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Answer: It’s a 505A wall jack for a Bell telephone. This was where you plugged in your landline. In the 1970s, this kind of jack was replaced by the modular connector plug, which is still in use.

I graduated from high school in 1973, so I know about landlines. I remember the excitement when push-button touch-tone phones first came into use. (You could use the tones to play songs!) Still, I can’t figure out why I’d want a landline telephone now.

— Sue Burke
Comments 
15th-May-2019 03:49 pm (UTC)
I remember those, but didn't recognize it from the picture.

LOL, I remember when touch-tone pay phones first came into use, how one could use the buttons to play the code to get free long distance calls on them. Before that, with the old rotary dials, you had to click the receiver a certain way.

My household has a land line with an answering machine, and it suits us very well. The thing I like best about it is that I'm not 'on a leash' - nobody can expect me to drop whatever I'm doing and communicate with them on demand, because the phone stays home.

I did have a flip-phone, which my daughter urged on me in case I ever needed to call for help, and which I agreed to have on the strict condition that it would be turned off at all times except when I was using it, so no one would ever call me on it. Sadly, it died some months back, and I haven't yet replaced it.
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