International phone calls (1965)

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International calls for just $12 for the first three minutes? The ad says the cost is “low.” We say… not so much. A handy little inflation calculator says $12 of 1965 dollars would be worth $86.42 in 2012.

You can telephone all over the world…

Today, you can reach 182 countries or areas of the world by telephone. It’s the quick, convenient, personal way to keep in touch.

And the cost is low. For only $12, plus tax, for the first three minutes, you can call almost anywhere in the world. The rate for the first overseas call, from New York to London in 1927, was $75.

Whenever you want to keep in touch with anyone — telephone. It’s the next best thing to being there.

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One Response

  1. I remember it was quite an event to make an overseas telephone call as a child to Europe in the 1960’s ! You had to dial the overseas operator, wait to be connected, (the process took several minutes), and get connected to a land-line in Italy with very poor quality sound. There was static, echoes, and the voice was dull. Not to mention, you had to talk fast because long-distance calls overseas were very expensive and cost prohibitive in those days !That was the old BELL SYSTEM, with rotary-dial,heavy metal black phones and no technology like today. These days, we have cell ubiquitous cell-phones, e-mail, long-distance dialing for pennies a minute on land-lines to virtually any country in the world, etc.

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