Another privacy issue was the party line. When we picked up our receiver, there could be one of four other families talking. We would have to wait our turn to make a call, after their call concluded. If you were in a hurry, or had an urgent need, you could ask the party to hang up and let you dial. There was no guarantee they would, and hogging the line was not unusual. Eavesdropping was common and you had to listen carefully for clicks or breathing or background noises that didn't belong in your conversation. It was several years before we got our own private line, and no longer had to wait or be interrupted.
Our phone number began with letters, RA for RAymond. There were other prefixes, depending on which neighborhood you lived. A popular radio song of the day was "BEechwood 4-5789" by the Marvelettes and everyone understood that dialed B was 2, and E was 3. Those letters on the dial were important for calling, as opposed to all the texting done with them nowadays. In the '60s our phone numbers were converted to all numerals.
The next big change in phones was push buttons rather than a dial. It seemed so futuristic at the time.
I was never one to stay on the phone for hours at a time. Guess that's why I'm content now with my old Nokia flip-phone which works just fine. We're threatening to cancel our land line, but haven't cut the cord, yet.
"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt,
so that you may know how to answer everyone." Colossians 4:6