Tin Telephones, 1957

This might sound daft but you understood each other perfectly.

The young generation of today think they are the bee’s knees with their sparkling mobile phones but what they do not realise is that we had them back in the fifties. Granted they were not state of the art and, limited to one use, but you did not have to worry about getting a signal or your battery running out. All you required was two empty pea or soup tins along with about thirty feet of string.

The string had to be the smooth type and not the hairy one that would be used for everyday purposes. Now the lid was totally removed from each tin and they were rinsed out so they were clean, with one open and one blocked end. The next step was to punch a hole in the centre of the blocked end with a nail so as to make a not too big but, large enough space to pass the string end through. Now pass each end of the string through each one of the cans and then tie a knot in it, to stop it falling back through. Lastly, take a can each and stretch the string so it is taut then, put the can to your ear and let the other person speak. This might sound daft but you understood each other perfectly.

The young ones don’t have a look in when it comes to the simple things in life that can keep you amused!

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