Three short rings signified the call was for the party with the S letter and so on.
Farmers in rural Australia used party lines, where a single line spanned miles from the nearest town to one property and on to the next.although subscribers in all but the most rural areas may have had the option to upgrade to private-line service at an additional monthly charge.For rural residents, many were on a single telephone line identified by a number and a property name, for example one party line was called Gundabluie 1 line.Each party on that single line was identified by a letter, and so to call that party, the exchange would be called and the number asked for would be Gundabluie 1 S for example.In December 1942, University of Tennessee's strategy in an American football game versus University of Mississippi was revealed to the opposing coach as a telephone on the Ole Miss team's bench had been inadvertently wired to the same party line.
In June 1968, the conviction of three Winter Park, Florida men on bookmaking charges was overturned as police had used a party-line telephone in a rented house on the same line as the suspects to unlawfully intercept their communications.
Illinois State University terminated its last party line in 1990.
One of the last manual telephone exchanges with party lines in Australia was closed down in 1986 in the township of Collarenebri, where most town residents had a telephone number of only three digits, and to make a call outside the exchange area it was necessary to call the exchange to place a call.
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The rapid growth of telephone service demand, especially after World War II, resulted in a large fraction of party line installations in the middle of the 20th century in the United States.