In my old apartment, the telephone line had horrible, constant static on it. I figured this had something to do with the fact that my telephone line came in through a hole drilled in a corner of one of the window frames. There was a plate on an interior wall, like a light switch plate, but mounted horizontally, and with a round hole in the middle bigger than coaxial cable. I figured this had been the original, built-in 'phone line. When they put in modern phone lines for that apartment they strung them all over the outside of the building. The television cable is out there, too.
The new apartment doesn't have any static on the 'phone-line, and the other night I realised why.
I noticed there was a wire which ran around the baseboard molding in the entryway. I wondered what that could be. I followed it one way, and it ran all around the front door frame, and around the corner into the living room. Behind the bookcase with my encyclopedia on it was the new apartment's original phone outlet, and these wires came out of it.
I followed the wires the other way, and they wound around, following the baseboard, to the door into the kitchen, where they went through a hole in the wall, came out the other side in the kitchen, and ran up the door frame to the current telephone jack.
When they put modern phone lines in this apartment, they tapped into the original, built-in lines. For some reason, they didn't do this in the old apartment.
Living in a place built in 1926 must be affecting my brain. I've been writing about Victrolas and spelling "'phone" with an apostrophe.
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I think this is fascinating.