“Remember using this TELEPHONE to Call The OPERATOR”

“Remember this style of  “TELEPHONE”  – and  when, you wanted to make a “LONG DISTANCE”  “Call” – which was,  a very long time ago?”

“Just put your finger in that spot “0” and swing it around the dial for me to answer saying,”  “OPERATOR, How may I help you!”



On April 25th, we observe National Telephone Day.  

The correct answer to a trivia question like “Who invented the telephone?” is the name on the patent. In this case, the whole world knows the answer is Alexander Graham Bell. Had his attorney been delayed by foul weather or poor planning, the answer may be a different name.

It was February 14, 1876, when Marcellus Bailey, one of Bell’s attorneys rushed into the US Patent office in Boston to file the patent for what would be the telephone.

Later the same day, Elisha Gray filed a patent caveat for a similar device. A caveat is an intent to file for a patent.

There is also a third contender. Antonio Meucci filed a caveat in November of 1871 for a talking telegraph but failed to renew the caveat due to hardships.

Because Bell’s patent was submitted first, it was awarded to him on March 7, 1876. Gray contested this decision in court, but without success.

Born March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Bell was an instructor at a boys’ boarding school. The sounds of speech were an integral part of his life. His father developed a “Visible Speech” system for deaf students to communicate. Bell would later become friend and benefactor of Helen Keller.

Three days after the patent was approved, Bell spoke the first words by telephone to his assistant. “Mr.Watson, come here! I want to see you!”

By May, Bell and his team were ready for a public demonstration, and there would be no better place than the World’s Fair in Philadelphia. On May 10, 1876, in a crowded Machinery Hall a man’s voice was transmitted from a small horn and carried out through a speaker to the audience.

One year later, the White House installed its first phone. The telephone revolution began.

Bell Telephone Company was founded on July 9, 1877, and the first public telephone lines were installed from Boston to Sommerville, Massachusetts the same year.  By the end of the decade, there were nearly 50,000 phones in the United States.  In May of 1967, the 1 millionth telephone was installed.


Celebrate National Telephone Day by calling someone and telling them Happy National Telephone Day!  Share your vintage telephone pictures on social media using #NationalTelephoneDay to show the different phones that have been used!

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for lessons designed around National Telephone Day.


Our research was unable to find the creator of National Telephone Day.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day® with National Day Calendar®!

In order to start working for the “Telephone Company” I did have to get a “Worker’s Permit” as I was not as yet (18″  eighteen years old!”

The two young girls that are in the middle of this PHOTO – also started working the same week as I did,  and they were over eighteen years of age and also married.  At that time we received four weeks of training, while receiving  full pay, which may have been close to $40.00 a week. I’m guessing that TODAY – new employees would be receiving at least $600.00 per week. “How the times do change?”

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“Mr. Wonderful, Himself”

*** Some days – one does wonder if we are doing enough,  for the next generation – as “TODAY” – we are all so busy – it really is hard to find  TIME – to do all the “wonderful things” that we would  like to do  – if only we had the TIME! ***


This is my younger brother, TOM, himself – doing what he  Loves to do – and that is to work with the young children in grade school – those that would like to understand and play the game of Chess!


“Just looks as if,  we have some real “First Class Winners”  – if,   I say so myself!”   D.V.

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“Cherry Cheesecake”


“This recipe has two names; Cherry Cheese Cake and/or Cherry Cream Cheese Pie. It is delicious!”



  1. Place softened cream cheese in a mixing bowl; add condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Pour mixture into the pie crust. Chill for 5 hours. DO NOT FREEZE!!!
  2. Pour cherry pie filling on top of pie. Serve.

“When ready to serve – Call  me – I’ll be right over to join you  – for some real good enjoyment !”


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“To FEEL BETTER – Read This”

5 Tips to Be More Positive

By filling up on the good stuff, there’s less room for the negative.

by Edie Melson — Posted in Positive Living on Mar 7, 2017

working mom cup of tea

I don’t consider myself a germ freak, but I try to do what I can to cut down on the chances of getting sick. I’m diligent about washing my hands, and I try to minimize my exposure to those who are already infected with a bug.

But there’s one virus that escaped my diligence back during my son’s time in the military and swept through our home, leaving devastation in its wake–the negativity virus. That nasty little bug showed up first—carried into our home by me—during our son’s time in the military. Like most viruses, it didn’t hit full force, but the symptoms showed up one after another.

The first one was my change in focus. I only noticed the difficult things happening around me. And the more I complained, the more they began to dominate my thinking. The next symptom that showed up was frustration, followed closely by impatience. The more frustrated I got, the more impatient I became. This was inevitably followed by loss of temper.

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By that time the negativity virus had taken over my life and began to infect those around me. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves living in a disease-ridden environment. I knew I had to take steps to fight this bug and here’s what I did:

1)  I put a guard on my tongue and did my best to only speak things that were uplifting and positive. I worked hard to quit complaining about whatever bugged me.

2)  I listened to joyful music. Sometimes I played my favorites, at other times I played music that my two sons who were still at home enjoyed. But the idea was to lift our spirits.

3)  I posted sticky notes with encouraging quotes and Bible verses throughout the house. I put them on bathroom mirrors, kitchen cabinets—even on the microwave door. Wherever a family member might go in the house, there was a note!

4)  I did my best to turn any obstacle into a challenge for success. When I was unhappy about how infrequently I heard from our military son, I used that to spur me into writing more letters and sending more boxes his way. 

5)  Finally, I increased the time I spent in prayer and Bible reading. This was the “chicken soup” for my soul. By filling up on the good stuff, I had less room for the negative.

It took a few weeks, but finally our house was free of the negativity virus. Now that I know what to look for, I can prevent this epidemic from visiting us again. How do you make your home a positive environment?

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Some days are more special than so many others – because,  TODAY is a GOOD NEWS Day!

Just in case you did not know – It is EASTER SUNDAY  and little guys like me, are out there letting everyone know – have FUN with the FAMILY – and do Nice things for each other- just like me, little ole  me, LEX!

Just need to get these  “ear-phones” on correctly, so that I can hear all of those wonderful questions, “You all” are asking me – and in just a second or two – I will be able to start answering, each and everyone of you  “wonderful friends” of mine!

“I can tell,  by the way that you are looking at me – that you think that I do not know – that which, I am doing here – but,  you just hold on,  for another second or two – and  we will be ready for you to fire as many questions,  as you all,  feel that,  you want me to answer – and then, we can get this “SHOW” on the road – that is “FLY” as high as we want – and  we  will do, just as soon as we are completely ready!

“Thanks and my LOVE, to all,  that are standing by”     D.V.

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“Celebrate with Prayer and SONG”


Remembering the Messiah   – the ONE and only to pay for our SIN DEBT – now marked, “PAID in FULL”  per HIS death on the Cross!


“Happy Easter to one and to all!”    D.V.

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