your call is important to us

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Brisbane Courier – 14 January 1909   One hundred years ago, “Sorry to have kept you waiting” was in the telephonist’s manual of responses.

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Sunday Times – Perth – 8 December 1929

Some persons habitually call their friends and acquaintances at meal time, because they feel sure that they will then find them at home. But this is decidedly bad form, and there are some people who make it a rule never to be disturbed at meal time. It is perfectly courteous to have the one who answers the phone simply say: “Mrs. Jones is at dinner. Do you wish her to call you up when she is finished?” It is not thoughtful to leave dinner guests to talk on the phone.

Hmmm…..is leaving the table or room to take a phone call a lost practice?


2 Comments on “your call is important to us”

  1. moonbear says:

    I just love the idea that someone else is answering the phone for Mrs Jones!
    My imagination runs riot on the many ‘forms of address’ possible for phones these days – and what that circular could say

  2. This is still relevant today. I hate it when friends ring and make me play a guessing game as to who they are. After upsetting several people years ago by guessing incorrectly, I now refuse to play the game and ask them to reveal themselves properly.


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