1954 Phone call prices from Searcy AR
Our kids today think phone calls are free. And they are. They can talk for hours on their cell phones. Let's educate them by saying phone calls were once very expensive. Check this phone book page. You live in Searcy AR. You have a friend in Little Rock. You want to call the friend. If you call station-to-station it is cheaper.....3 minutes for 50 cents! If you want to call person-to-person (which means if you don't get the person you don't have to pay) it is 80 cents for the 3 minutes. Plus tax will be added as explained at the bottom of the page.
So you also have a friend in Miami. $1.70 for 3 minutes or 2.40 for person-to-person. The further away you were the more it cost. Nights and Sundays were cheaper. And there was Collect calling......where you called and reversed the charges if the person accepted. Parents were about the only suckers who would accept these calls!
If you are a little older, this page brings back memories! If you are pretty young, you probably think this is fake information!!