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The mysteries of the 20th-century telephone

What’s a smartphone-wielding teenager in Worcester to make of it?

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Last year, when he was done talking to his mother on the small, corded desk telephone in my classroom, one of my teenage students waved the receiver frantically. “Ms. Kallin, Ms. Kallin, I don’t know how to hang this thing up!”

Barb Kallin / Worcester

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