Where did you grow up Kay?We didn't have a phone. After dad died we three adult kids joined together and got one for mum. It wasn't much use as she was quite deaf by then! I never did have a chat with her from Canada - she would tell me I had the wrong number.
My parents never had a car. Excellent public transport though.
I was the youngest and they got a tv (rented) when I was about 14.