Throwback Communication (Lens-Artists & #Kindasquare Day 14)

Hello Readers,

Lens-Artist photo challenge theme is communication this week here.

Priorhouse take: 

First – do you remember these old phones? We sure have come a long way from these phones to the “computer phones” 

Next, because the topic is Communication – that reminds me of a book I wrote about this topic.

It is a book called “Conversate” (on Amazon) and I will run a free giveaway for this book sometime in December – so stay tuned for more info (like I will share more about why I chose that “slang word” title, Conversate – how the book came about – who is on the cover – and I will share the plans for the “take two” of this book, which is a different take on the same topic):

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And we might have forgotten – but there was a time when the RADIO was the way to communicate across the nation.  

Check out this little boom box radio I found this summer – I needed it for a project I was working on. 

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Over the summer, I needed a cassette tape player. I have an old cassette recording of my mother giving a talk to a small group in the 1990s.  I wanted to convert it to digital and realized we did not have a cassette player anymore.  The funniest part was the way people responded when I asked them if they had a cassette deck I could borrow? Nobody had one! And when I asked folks, it was almost like I was asking them if they had an 8-Track deck! I looked online to buy one and they had some cheap cassette players, but I decided to check a local second hand store first — and voila! Red fur and star on the dial, baby!  Three dollars for this little gem.  But wait, there’s more: – inside was a like-new cassette tape about the history of comedy.   I have not had the chance to play the full cassette about comedy – and have not converted the tape for my mother yet – however, this little radio has been fun for two reasons – first – it is a conversation piece (for a short-term kind of thing) and second – we use it to play music for the pup if we have to leave him for a little while.  We got the idea from a friend who had a Rottweiler rescue – they played classical music in the kennel when they had small parties. Anyhow, we play music and our pup likes it. 

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Okay – let’s close with a song! A song that might have been played on a radio like this back in the 1980s 

A few weeks ago I shared that Corona song – “The Rhythm of the Night” that was not everyone’s kind of music. Today – we can switch gears with some rock and roll from the 1980s – with Ratt’s “Lack of Communication”  – This is not one of my top songs from this band – but it fits here 

It might not be your kind of music – but the lyrics have some tasty parts – (in contrast to some rock bands – Ratt had some good lyrics on many songs) –

Here are a few lines from Lack of Communication: 

Too many problems, the world can’t solve
Too many people, no one wants to be involved
(Lack of communication, back off)

Keep rearranging, it’s all the same
Always saying, someone else is to blame
(Lack of communication, back off)

and

Put up our boundaries, we build our walls
It’s alright, no one’s gonna change us at all
(Lack of communication, back off)

and

You see it your way, I’ll see it mine
Well, conversation is a useless change of line
(Lack of communication, back off)

Time’s passin’ us by, we have our reason
No one wants to try, we have our reason
Questions askin’ why, we have our reason
Problems still arise, we have our reason…

In closing, here is the image for Day 14 for #Kindasquares 

Reminder – when you communicate – Be Kind!!
Thanks to Janet for her reminder about this blast from the past 0- that connected to my post so well – 🙂

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Care to join in with the #kindasquare this month?
The theme is KIND and you can find out more at Becky’s blog (here).

Care to join in with the Lens-Artists? Here are the host links:

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26 thoughts on “Throwback Communication (Lens-Artists & #Kindasquare Day 14)

    1. Hi – sorry about that – I combined challenges and I tried to make more of them square but for the vibe I felt like I need the rectangle – and so thanks for reading to the end 😉

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  1. Where to start? Yes, I remember phones like those and I also remember when friends of our daughters many years ago saw our dial phone, which we still had plugged in in case of electrical outages, and wondered what it was. 🙂 I also remember party lines!

    The boom box is quite something. 🙂 I had to get rid of lots and lots of tapes at various times in my life. One of our vans had a tape slot and a CD slot. Now only a CD slot and who knows what will be next? I did get a laugh out of the “Be Kind” square at the end, coming after a discussion about tapes, etc. Do you remember the “Be kind, rewind?” phrase? Libraries and rental places used that to encourage patrons to rewind tapes of whatever sort.

    All these types of communication devices and people still can’t communicate. Sigh. Your book sounds interesting and useful.

    janet

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    1. Janet!! Thanks for the wonderful comment 😉

      I recently watched the Netflix documentary about the history of the company and they mentioned rivaling with blockbuster and so your “be kind and rewind” brought me there! And I did nit even think of it when making the ending of I would have added that touch of wit.
      And it is really fun when young ones do not know what certain things are. I kind of understand the phones – but did you know my nephew was here last year and did not know what “bar soap” was??? All his like he only used liquid body wash and was like “what is this?”

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      1. Bar soap and bar shampoo might be making a comeback. Bar soap, as my s-i-l in France pointed out to me, means you’re not using lots of plastic in the form of holding your shower gel. I brought back a lot of wonderful bar soaps from my last trip, some as gifts and some to use. I’ll have enough for years!! My husband just yesterday asked me about bar shampoo, so I may have to look for that.

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  2. Hello! Biasini the horse here. Thanks for responding to my “communication” challenge. Ma Leueen showed me the photos of the old phones. She said she remembers them and she was laughing . I have never seen anything like those phones. I only know the clever phones humans have now and of course we horses do not use them anyway. But I appreciate your response even if I do not know about the phones or the fluffy red box that booms. 🐴

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    1. Hi bb – as always thanks for even giving the music a listen! It sure does feel dated – and I really enjoyed them decades ago –
      And I do wonder who owned this little boom box – it has been a crack up and not sure what to do with it when I am done – back to the local thrift store

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  3. Man, when they talk about progress I think to myself how our rotary phone followed us on a dozen moves over countless years and never missed a beat. And now I buy a phone every couple years . . .

    And boom boxes! I had my share of em. And the turntables . . . it’s still the best sound in my humble opinion.

    As for Ratt, I saw them at L’Amour East way back in the day. What a night it was.

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  4. I can remember having a powder blue princess phone in my bedroom when I was a teenager. I guess that really dates me! With all the technology available, you would think we would be better at communicating now. We really have a lack of communication even in 2020!

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  5. loved it – and of course I remember the phones and the tape recorder. Recorded the top-lists in the 70’s and I guess I still have those tapes somewhere…

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  6. I remember when a princess phone was the one thing in the world I wanted as a kid. Didn’t even care if it was my own line, just wanted the phone. Never got it and survived just fine without it LOL. Thanks for the fun reminder post Yvette – terrific response.

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  7. I absolutely love that fur-covered CD player. It brings back a lot of memories of people on the subway with huge boxes. The historic phones are great, too. I always wonder what is coming next in terms of technology. This was a fun post, Yvette!

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    1. Hi Patti
      Well I can tell you one thing that has arrived with technology and portable music – they make these high quality portable speakers and folks put them in their backpacks (really) and it sounds like a mini concert as they walk or bike with it 📻🎼🎶

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  8. Yvette – I picture that boombox with the “fur” matching the shag rug at the time. How our ways of listening to music have changed through the years. I still have a cassette recorder downstairs, but I’ve not used it in decades. When my mom and I traveled from Michigan to Toronto to visit my grandmother in Toronto in late Fall, we used to celebrate my grandmother’s November 19th birthday and Christmas at the same time. We always went around mid-November due to avoiding snow, ice etc. Since it was just my mom and me and no other relatives, Christmastime was quiet … we’d call my grandmother and aunt (who lived upstairs in her home), but what we did was take the cassette recorder and tape opening up the Christmas gifts. My aunt always put up a small tree and we had a holiday-type dinner, so it was nice for us to listen to on the actual Christmas holiday. My mom would get a tear in her eye many times. I have all those tapes downstairs … all are gone now – Mom, my grandmother, aunt, even Pache the dog who used to howl on occasion when everyone was excited about their gifts and he loved to play with the paper and the bows. I’ve done the 8-tracks too – I no longer have a player and I only have one 8-track left … I went on a Greek land tour/cruise in 1981 and loved the bouzouki music … I think I drove my parents crazy with it when I returned … “Linda, headphones please … your father and I aren’t interested in hearing that music.” 🙂

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