We had a four-digit phone number.

SEdan 2232 was what people told the operator if they were calling from a ways away.

And it was a party line network, our ring was two longs and two shorts. Other families had other rings. Anybody with hearing, could pick up and listen to others' conversations. The more people who eavesdropped, the weaker the signal became.

The phone's black bakelite case had a real small silver button that you punched once into detent, in order to be able to talk out and not just listen.

My first hunting dog's tag had the SEdan 2232 on it. That tag is hanging on a wall here. Tags made back then were quite a bit heavier than today's electropenciled junk.

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