Obsolete Tools: Tone Dialer

If you’re of a certain youthful age, the following might appear as fiction from the mind of a lunatic.

-Paper maps that are stored by folding them like origami.

-Cupholders that didn’t come with the car.

-Abundant second-hand tobacco smoke served with every meal.

These are just some of the things that accompanied the typical road warrior of the late 80s.

There was another travel tool that was very important called a tone dialer. It was worth its weight in gold.

Phoning home to retrieve messages stored on an ancient device called an answering machine often involved more failure than success, especially if you were “dialing” from a rotary phone.

This little device allowed me to conduct business remotely in a way that was very effective, though almost laughable now.

Thank you Radio Shack. Rest in peace Radio Shack.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies. 

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