Of course you have the Internet on your phone. (Well, you probably do. Although sales of dumb phones are on the rise, so maybe you don’t.) Once, though, your landline was your essential entry point to the online world.
Birthday cards for girls once conveyed very different messages than they do today. (Even if the colours haven’t changed much.)
Once, it was everywhere. Then, it was gone. What happened to Friends Reunited? Did it run out of friends?
In the days when you submitted stuff to magazines by post, the article would either get published or be returned to you with a little printed slip.
FP stands for Fire Plug (or sometimes Fire Point). Before we had modern fire hydrants, the fire brigade volunteers, in the event of a blaze, would dig down to the water main and bore a hole in it. Once the fire was out, the brigade would hammer a bung or “plug” into the mains pipe and backfill the hole. They left an FP mark on a nearby building, just in case…
This month marks the gradual demise of the printed Yellow Pages. Will you keep your last edition as a souvenir copy? Or as a handy back-up for when the entire internet is down and you need a plumber?
In the United Kingdom, until 1982, there was only one place you could go to if you wanted a telephone in your house: The General Post Office.