I remember and have used ones similar to the one above. For all you young whipper-snappers out there, that round wheel with the ten little holes in it is the dialer. How does it work, you ask? You stick one of your fingers (or the eraser end of a pencil) in those holes and then rotate the wheel around until your finger hits the finger stop on the right. Then you pull your finger out and let it spin back to the start. Now repeat for the rest of the numbers.
Well on this day in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first sound transmission. That started the ball (or should I say the sound) rolling. Then three days later he made the first telephone call in history to Thomas Watson. Here is a picture of Mr. Bell:
It sure is amazing how the phone has changed, and except for cell phones or bag phones, they pretty much operate in the same way. Today's versions have push buttons instead of round dials and most have a lot of added features, like caller I.D., call answering and recording, storage for numbers that are often used, etc.
And a more modern one:
We have one similar to the one above with a second portable receiver. Of course, along with the two phones in the house, both my wife and I have cell phones and a Verizon Hot-Spot for when we want the Internet while traveling, etc. Now, tell me, how many phones do you have? Between calls, take time to have a great day, you hear?