Re: Old Party-Line Arrangements

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Paul Coxwell wrote:

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I once lived in an area (1955) in West Virginia where pairs were
scarce.  We were on a ten party line. Five ringers were tip-to-ground
and five were ring-to-ground. They used coded ringing to alert the
subscriber. (long-long, long-short, short-long, short short, etc.)  To
get rid of the annoying rings I built a decoder out of old pinball
machine parts to screen the rings and connect my ringer only when my
code rang.

I do not recall any correlation between telephone number and ring cadence.

Eventually we got a 4 party line. On this one they used two phones on
each side of the line but used a small gas tube and a superimposed dc
voltage to select the appropriate ringer. I don't remember the


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