Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name?

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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 14:43:13 (permalink)
I remember my grandmother's number when it was 771W. Now that is a LONG time ago!
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 16:52:22 (permalink)
ELgin 1  and   ELgin 7     (351 & 357)
 
I have no idea where the name "Elgin" came from...it's not the city or neighborhood name...
 
At one time I used to use one of the of the crank phone service (possibly) still in use (as far as I know) is in Cecilville, CA (Siskiyou County)...the locals use it to connect to the rest of the world...it was called the "Hoot & Hollar"...a single line run through the trees to the east, perhaps to Gazelle, Callahan, Etna, or Weed...You'd count the long and short rings to see if the call was for you...we'd talk to the operator in Yreka, it wasn't great but it worked as long as everybody kept fresh 1.5 volt battery cells in your phone battery box, and a falling tree didn't bring the line down...it's possible this old phone line is no longer in use, and has been replaced by microwave links (popular in mountain areas and less costly than copper hardwire circuits)
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 18:57:22 (permalink)
WE 2-1212
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 19:09:45 (permalink)
SUnset 5
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 23:43:57 (permalink)
FRontier-6-2434   Millis Ma.---and we had party lines for a while too---and a REAL operator ladies--(they were all women then) that worked in a little building downtown!
 
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 23:48:29 (permalink)
<WE 2-1212
 That's weird. IIRC, the long-time phone number for recorded weather reports in NY City was WE (Weather) 6-1212.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 23:48:58 (permalink)
Just occured to me that those operators were faster the today's 911!! She knew who and where we were and could connect us to docs--fire-police--anything we needed--and FAST!
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/22 01:52:21 (permalink)
MAyfair
I also keep my beer in the icebox, and percolate my coffee (I've been using my old corningware percolator the past couple days).
 
Actually, there's a few other people whose numbers I remember only that way as well.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/22 02:00:19 (permalink)
Possibly the most well-known phone number in the Detroit area once upon a time.
Tyler 8-7100
"You'll look at it, you'll love it, and you'll take your time paying for it.

and while I'm at it ... that old song ...
http://www.detroitkidshow.com/bel1.mp3
Hope you all don't mind my fit of nostalgia for a moment.
 
post edited by Sonny Funzio - 2012/01/22 02:26:24
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/22 11:36:06 (permalink)
In the Bay area of L A  (Lawndale) we had OSborne. A block away (Gardena) it was DAvis, and a short distance north (Inglewood) was ORchard.  No area code, if you wanted Long distance you dialed "O" and asked for the LD Operator, gave her the city and number and then requested Station-to-Station or person-to-person, giving the person's name in the latter case.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/22 20:39:27 (permalink)
BAldwin9-8235 in Fresno, although by the time I was old enough to use the phone myself they had dropped that use. I was born in 57.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/23 01:48:22 (permalink)
Of course, this old codger remembers the KI-mball 8 numbers and when they came in!  Supposedly, the word was easier to remember than the long string of numbers.  But i also remember just picking up the phone and asking the operator for "33" ( I was quite young then and sometimes she thought I was saying, "free free").  I also remember - in awe - that my friend's father had a 2nd phone in his "study".  No more running through the house to answer that blasted ringing!  OMG.........maybe someday we'll have a 2nd phone upstairs so we don't have to run down in the night to answer the phone in the front hall!
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/23 04:56:18 (permalink)
In th eold days you couldn't hook any device to your phone line...if you wanted a spearker phone you had to rent it at high cost from Ma (Pacific) Bell...
 
It wasn't until later, after much lawyer-ing, that you could hook up that prized consumer device: the answering machine...
 
My 1st answering machine had 3" open reel to reel tape...I think it was a Phone Mate...primative yet it revolutionized phone use...
I still keep a standard desk model 2500  Touch Tone phone on standby, in case my fancy phone dies (such as during power outages)...
post edited by BackRhodes - 2012/01/23 05:00:01
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/23 23:01:11 (permalink)
Ours was RAandolph-5 in the Branchburg NJ area.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/24 01:05:05 (permalink)
Our small town (1 mile wide and18 streets deep) was divided into 2 exchanges
ORchard 3 and GLendale 3 as I remember.  Yes I can still remember the phone number also.
Might I suggest that we can still remember these numbers because they were the only
ones we had to remember.  Everyone knew where we lived so we didn't really need our
address.
 
We did not have a party line but my grandmother did out in the country.  I remember being
so amazed at how she could tell whether the phone was for us or not.  I was not old enough
to understand the long and short rings.
TM
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/25 23:52:18 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
   Commerce, Georgia was FEderal. Wauchula, Florida was PRospect. Bowling Green, Fl. was FRontier. Zolfo Springs, Fl. (added a bit later) was ROdeo. Lakeland, Fl. was MUtual.
   My drug store uses the same phone number that was awarded it when Athens received dial service in April, 1954.
   I had my land line shut off a few years ago. We, too, had used the same number, LIberty 3-5089, since 1954... 50+ years was long enough.
      Wholeheartedly, Ort. Carlton in 20601-land.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/02/01 08:23:40 (permalink)
TWinbrook 2-7260  in southwest OH
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/02/01 08:25:13 (permalink)
I'm old enough now to remember when we had a party line and my parents being really upset at some neighbors who would hog up the phone line and prevent you frommaking a call.  
You coulod also listen in on calls or have your calls heard.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/02/01 08:42:55 (permalink)
Pennsylvania 6 5000 or Pennsylvania six five oh oh oh
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 10:10:33 (permalink)
When i was in NDLS there is one very old exchange ...
at thet time i was 14 so the name may be ,..
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 10:50:39 (permalink)
FUlton 7-1885.
 
I'd have loved having PEnnsylvania 6-5000. I could have charged Jerry Gray, Carl Sigman and Glenn Miller a fee. Come to think of it, I wonder if the Hotel Pennsylvania ever did.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 11:06:09 (permalink)
My grandmother's phone number was 227.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 11:23:13 (permalink)
Poverty Pete

My grandmother's phone number was 227.


Oh, well if you're going to get tricky, my grandfather's first phone number was 4. So there!
 
 
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 11:46:29 (permalink)
62J and my grandparents had 124J. This was in rural Hunterdon County NJ in the early 1950's.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 11:51:12 (permalink)
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Poverty Pete

My grandmother's phone number was 227.


Oh, well if you're going to get tricky, my grandfather's first phone number was 4. So there!

 

Perhaps YOUR first phone number was 4.  Your grandfather didn't have a telephone.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 12:02:49 (permalink)
My grandfather had one of the first four telephones in New Haven, Connecticut.
I still don't have one of those newfangled things.
 
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 13:48:48 (permalink)
Let me guess?  Was it the third one?
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 14:49:29 (permalink)
Well, he always said No. 1 was the telephone company and No. 2 was Yale. He was angry about that. But I'd guess he was No. 4.
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 23:10:06 (permalink)
jman

Man, this board is full of old farts.

LOL jman
 
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Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/24 12:45:46 (permalink)
Everyone can remember what their phone number was 60 yrs ago, but can't remember what they had for breakfast yesterday.........what's up with that..................I was going to say something else, but, I forgot what it was................
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