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July 1980: Way before rotary dials or even party lines

Thirty-five years ago this week, The News began celebrating the 100th anniversary of the paper's starting a daily edition.

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In the special section called One Hundred Years of Finance and Commerce, The News recounted the history of a handful of Buffalo’s financial and commercial industries and provided ad space for many companies involved in those industries to tout their own contributions.

In 2015, if we think at all about “the old days” and telephones, perhaps we think of phones that were actually wired to the wall. Or, saints preserve us, the tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat of the rotary dial.

And in 2015, it’s a bit difficult to fathom that for most of the history of the telephone, you picked up a receiver and spoke with an operator.  Of course 35 years ago, there were plenty more people who remembered those days … and that’s what this piece is about.

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