Before the Internet, we had the Phone Book

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The phone book was an essential part of any household before the internet and you would be surprised what you could find on this tissue-thin pages. In 1986, InfoPlus was pushing all new “high-tech” features with their Talking Phone Book. Sadly it wasn’t an actual anthropomorphic talking book, like you see in this commercial, instead it was a series of numbers you could dial to get general information about things like the weather. Not adorable, but still pretty useful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8bltAN_eEg

I still kept a phonebook handy in my home until about 2010, even though I almost never used it for anything. Now they don’t even seem to deliver them where I live now, which is sort of a relief since I always felt bad throwing them away right away, but also a little sad because a piece of history has passed.

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