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Amish Phone Booth (Lancaster County PA)

Discussion in 'Color' started by Covey22, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. Covey22

    Covey22 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    Really...the Amish acknowledge the necessary evil of having a phone, but won't let it stay in the house. And smartphones are definitely a no-no.

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  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Love it... As I get older I think they have a point on this... ;) 
     
  3. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    Assuming that *is* a phone booth and not what it looks like, how would you know that the phone was ringing if you were inside the house? A very loud bell, presumably.

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  4. Stumbled across several Amish websites a few months ago. Seemed very ironic

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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    why would you want people to call you? The only reason to have a telephone is to reach out in case of an emergency.
     
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  6. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    There's such a thing as an important incoming call - a point I have tried (and failed) to make to my mother, with regard to leaving her mobile phone switched on when away from home.

    -R
     
  7. tonyturley

    tonyturley Hall of Famer

    Nov 24, 2014
    Scott Depot, WV, USA
    Tony
    Hmmm. It appears they also prefer underground wiring. I'm looking at my watch right now to see if it's April 1 . . . nope. :hmmm:
     
  8. Richard

    Richard Top Veteran

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    Feb 1, 2013
    Marlow, UK
    The security camera seems to be OK with the Amish - you need to know if the neighbours have been sneaking in to make illicit calls.

    -R
     
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  9. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    My dear sweet little grey haired old mother - who used to be a supervisor at Weybridge telephone exchange back in the 1940s and who once disciplined a night telephonist named Norman Wisdom for answering calls with the words "rubber knees!" instead of "number please" - always said that a ringing telephone was an invitation to answer, not a demand to do so...
     
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  10. Covey22

    Covey22 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    It's not an outhouse. :wink: PA state law requires indoor plumbing.

    Secondly, I also visited the Amish local equivalent of a department store (Amish run), they had a phone way in the back of the storage area. it kept ringing, and had a voice call out that read the Caller ID. Both proprietors (Couple) were up front manning the register and front office. Clearly it was not a call they were concerned about answering. I asked the stupid question and they said they only answered on numbers related to their suppliers. Otherwise it was more for calling Out than In.

    The proliferation of technology is slowly making it's way into Amish culture. Most of the items (I will post pics separately) in this store are absolutely the things you would find at Walmart, etc., albeit at a bit of a markup. The Amish houses all run electric items based on either battery, solar or propane. They just have a basic objection to connecting permanently to the Grid because it will lead to TVs, Internet and other activities that undermine their basic schedule and priority of family time *together*.

    Smartphones are their big big Bugaboo. Their children are exposed to it from their Mennonite (who have no objections to modern Life, they are using AC, drive cars, fly on planes etc) and English (meaning everyone else) friends. When on Rumspringa, it's not unheard of that Amish kids drive really nice cars, wear English clothes, etc., totally indistinguishable from your kids or mine.

    Fascinating intersection of two worlds.
     
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  11. Covey22

    Covey22 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 3, 2012
    Looks like an English (everyone else) person running the blog. One of my Tour Guides worked for the Hershey Company for 20 years, was a Vietnam Vet in the Air Force, retired to Lancaster County. He said nearly all his friends are Amish, and very few are English. When he goes to weddings, people stare at him because he's the odd one out. But by virtue of that, he knows a lot about the real ways of the Amish. Amish also work in many trades now, not just farming. They're very heavy into construction too, they just can't get very far without hitching a ride. Most construction gangs in the area are nearly 60 percent Amish just by looking at them. They've lost much of the mystique that bad movies like Harrison Ford/Kelly McGillis in Witness and other Hollywood contrivances would lead us to believe.
     

  12. They do what they can to stay pure but certain laws require certain standards.

    And certain functions these days can only be done online.
     
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