Originally Posted by Vidaloco
We had only one phone in the house and it was attached to the wall. If you wanted to use it, you had to first pick up the handset and check to see if any of the neighbors were using it. We shared a party line not only with the family, but with the whole neighborhood.
I grew up with party lines, too, but it didn't bother us at all. Telephones were for adults, and if you were to tell your parents that you would like to call one of your friends, the answer would be "You have legs, don't you?".
To add to the list, in the pre-calculator days when I was in college for engineering, we used slide rules to do math. You can probably still see one in the Smithsonian...or my attic with my manual typewriter and rotary phone.