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DawnT

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Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 7:02 PM (permalink)
Those of you that remember using the named prefix instead of 2 digits probably still do. I don't really remember when they phased it out, but it must have been during the latter 60's down here. I remember they changed our phone number around '68 and it was still printed on the phone dial with the first two letters in bold and capitalized print. We had the same phones for probably 40 years until we had to turn them in during the 80's or pay for them. Our original Prefix was FRanklin followed by HIghland. They didn't always correspond to other areas. I had some cousins that had the same first two digits and theirs was GIbson.
 
I guess if you remember this, you also remember "one long ring" or "two short rings" printed on the dial too if your phone was on a budget. Oh yeah, all the operators back then really did sound like Ernestine. No explanation should be necessary right?
 
Do you remember your prefix name?
 
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    jman

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    Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 7:37 PM (permalink)
    KenWick2-3698 (circa 1953)
     
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      leethebard

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      Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 7:45 PM (permalink)
      Yup...it was "Union" in Union City...and "Twinbrook", here in Brick, Nj...that was in the late 50's and early 60's
       
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        joerogo

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        Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 7:54 PM (permalink)
        I remember calling my buddy Ralph at Bensonhurst 0-7741.
         
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          Ort. Carlton.

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          Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 8:37 PM (permalink)
          Dearfolk,
             Ours in Athens, Georgia was LIberty (initially just LI3-#### and LI6-####). Watkinsville was SOuth9-, and the 1919 Bell panel dial equipment made real funny noises when you called out there. Winterville, Ga. was RIverside 2-, Comer was SUnset3-, Crawford/Lexington was SHadyside3-, and Danielsville was SYcamore3-, I think it was.
             I can also recall many Atlanta exchanges.
                All-Dialingly, Ort. Carlton in 30601-land.
           
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            Mosca

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            Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 8:42 PM (permalink)
            Up until 1959 it was TUxedo. Then it changed to OLympia. OL3-1461. I don't remember the TUxedo number.
             
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              Ort. Carlton.

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              Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 8:43 PM (permalink)
              Dearfolk,
                 Downtown had JAckson, MUtual, and another one; Midtown was TRinity; West End was PLaza; East Point was POplar; Decatur was DRake; East Atlanta was MArket; Buckhead was BLackburn; also up thataway was ADams; Bolton was SYcamore; Chamblee/Doraville/Dunwoody was GLendale (imagine all of that being one exchange now!); and I know I've left something out.
                 A lady on Brewer Blvd., S/W has had the same PLaza5-#### number since 1947, and still uses the same telephone.
                    Wholeheartedly, Ort. Carlton in Amazing Athens.
               
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                NYPIzzaNut

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                Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 8:56 PM (permalink)
                BEverly 7 - 0284 for several decades in Yonkers NY
                 
                 
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                  mar52

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                  Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 10:16 PM (permalink)

                  VErmont 8-5528
                  My Aunt's was WEbster
                  My Grandmother's was SYcamore
                   
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                    Tony Bad

                    Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 10:23 PM (permalink)
                    joerogo


                    I remember calling my buddy Ralph at Bensonhurst 0-7741.

                     
                    I live in Ralph's old place. Still got the same number.
                     
                    Others places I lived were MU (Murray Hill), JU (Juniper), MO (Mohawk)
                     
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                      jman

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                      Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 10:35 PM (permalink)
                      Man, this board is full of old farts.
                       
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                        mar52

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                        Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 10:45 PM (permalink)
                        What I don't understand is.... why?
                         
                        The letters are still on the phone and they still correspond to the same numbers.
                         
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                          BuddyRoadhouse

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                          Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 10:50 PM (permalink)
                          YOrktown 6 were the first three digits.  Can't reveal any more than that as it is still a functioning number.
                           
                          That was how we learned our phone number back then, "Y-O-6...".  I think I was a teenager before I finally started reciting my phone number as "9-6-6..."  Then a few years later, the Phone Company Bastards forced us to use our area codes too.
                           
                          Buddy
                           
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                            sk bob

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                            Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 11:09 PM (permalink)
                            MOhawk 6 3990 was my parents # in Newington, CT.
                             
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                              Davydd

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                              Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Fri, 01/20/12 11:23 PM (permalink)
                              CApitol 0504 and we originally didn't have that fifth number prefix. I believe it was added (1) in the early 50s.
                               
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                                6star

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                                Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 12:25 AM (permalink)
                                mar52


                                What I don't understand is.... why?

                                The letters are still on the phone and they still correspond to the same numbers.


                                About 30 years ago, I did just the opposite.  I was able to get ##6-STAR for my phone number!  (In case you might be wondering about it, Six Star was the name of the business that I owned.)
                                 
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                                  wheregreggeats.com

                                  Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 6:26 AM (permalink)
                                  PRescott 7-8081
                                  ... meanwhile, I have to look up my PIN number at the bank.. Go figure.
                                   
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                                    ChrisOC

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                                    Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 8:07 AM (permalink)
                                    WIssahickon 7  later changed to CHestnut Hill 7
                                     
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                                      cavandre

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                                      Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 8:31 AM (permalink)
                                      NYPIzzaNut


                                      BEverly 7 - 0284 for several decades in Yonkers NY



                                      Same town, but different exchange: YOnkers 9-7926.
                                       
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                                        kland01s

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                                        Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 8:59 AM (permalink)
                                        Olliver 8 was the prefix for our town until the late 60's. Now, we have changed area codes 3 times due to number overlap.
                                         
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                                          kozel

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                                          Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 9:10 AM (permalink)
                                          DawnT


                                          Those of you that remember using the named prefix instead of 2 digits probably still do. I don't really remember when they phased it out, but it must have been during the latter 60's down here. I remember they changed our phone number around '68 and it was still printed on the phone dial with the first two letters in bold and capitalized print. We had the same phones for probably 40 years until we had to turn them in during the 80's or pay for them. Our original Prefix was FRanklin followed by HIghland. They didn't always correspond to other areas. I had some cousins that had the same first two digits and theirs was GIbson.

                                          I guess if you remember this, you also remember "one long ring" or "two short rings" printed on the dial too if your phone was on a budget. Oh yeah, all the operators back then really did sound like Ernestine. No explanation should be necessary right?

                                          Do you remember your prefix name?

                                          FRanklin 4?  Sounds like the 5 town area.  I do some work for a fuel oil company that had its origins in that area and their number was FR 4-0873.   Growing up, ours was DAvenport 6 and I remember a slew of others.
                                          <message edited by kozel on Sat, 01/21/12 9:11 AM>
                                           
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                                            ken8038

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                                            Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 9:47 AM (permalink)
                                            As a kid in the 50's and early 60's in Brooklyn it was TE (Terrace) 7-XXXX.  The TE-7 became 837 in the mid 60's but the rest remained the same. In fact, despite a few moves over the years, my Mom was able to keep the same phone number until she went into assisted living in 2006.
                                             
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                                              fishtaco

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                                              Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 10:07 AM (permalink)
                                              FLeetwood 9-5642 and TWinbrook 8-6654, damn thats 40-50 years ago. Now ask me what I had for lunch on Wednesday.
                                               
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                                                MetroplexJim

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                                                Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 10:21 AM (permalink)
                                                BAldwin5-0655. 
                                                 
                                                Eighty-Four, PA (25 miles SE of Pittsburgh). 
                                                 
                                                Circa 1959 it was such a big deal for us to have a dial-phone with a private line installed as an upgrade from our old 3-party operator-assisted line.
                                                 
                                                In 1962 we moved to New Wilmington, PA (45 miles north of Pittsburgh).  We had dial phones but the small local phone company had a three minute limit on local calls, i.e., the phone dosconnected automatically after three minutes.  To continue talking you had to re-dial.  I loved it; it was a great tool for managing the length of girl friend calls!
                                                 
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                                                  MetroplexJim

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                                                  Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 10:34 AM (permalink)
                                                  Oh, another "blast from the past".  In 1956 my mother and two grandmothers (I am the onlychild of only children and was a tad bit "spoilt") took me to see the then brand new Disneyland via the PRR and Super Chief.  My father and grandfather had to make a reservation with the phone company to call us at a pre-arranged time and place in Anaheim!  And the bill for a ten minute call was over $30 in an era when candy bars amd Cokes were a nickel. 
                                                   
                                                  In fact, I can remember that my grandfather was offended that bill for his daily purchae of a quart of milk, a loaf of bread, and the Pittsburgh Press had reached a total of nearly 50 cents!
                                                   
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                                                    DawnT

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                                                    Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 12:13 PM (permalink)
                                                    Kozel: The FRanklin exchange was part of the original south end of the City of Miami now known as Little Havana just outside and west of the Downtown Miami area. The exchange became a block during the 60's for the emerging mobile telephone and paging services.
                                                     
                                                    Jim, you just brought up another gem for us old timers. Before the 5 digit zip codes, we lived in Miami 35 Florida although few people put the numbers. It was also common to address the post office/subdivision especially for mail within the city. You would get a letter for example addressed to Grosse Point 35 Miami or Shenandoah, Miami often times without the two digit number. Then of course there was still many folks that didn't use/have a formal address and you sent it to the subdivision post office addressed to: "General Delivery". I think that's still available.
                                                     
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                                                      chewingthefat

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                                                      Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 12:39 PM (permalink)
                                                      Ours, Oliver 4-2912 and Oliver 4-2436, my Fathers Doctor line, NOT TO BE TOUCHED BY US KIDS!!!
                                                      Some friends: Pat Furey-Oliver 2-4712
                                                      Charlie Lanman-Oliver 6 -7906
                                                      Sue Mahoney-Oliver 2-4206
                                                      Steve Nealon Oliver 4-6656
                                                      John Swagart-Republic 7 -1915
                                                      Not bad for over 50 years ago!
                                                       
                                                       
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                                                        bartl

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                                                        Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 1:38 PM (permalink)
                                                        ken8038
                                                        As a kid in the 50's and early 60's in Brooklyn it was TE (Terrace) 7-XXXX.  The TE-7 became 837 in the mid 60's but the rest remained the same. In fact, despite a few moves over the years, my Mom was able to keep the same phone number until she went into assisted living in 2006.

                                                        I remember people in my section of Brooklyn begging the phone company for a SH(ore Road) number rather than a TE(rrace) number. Never knew exactly why, because, frankly, the hosing seemed to be more or less the same. Still, we had SH5, so eat your heart out!!!!!
                                                         
                                                        Bart
                                                         
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                                                          Cosmos

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                                                          Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 2:12 PM (permalink)
                                                          Ours was SKyline6...there was a time when we only had to dial 5 digits, starting with the 6. When I moved to Syracuse we gave up the family house and our phone number which had been in service from 1963 to 2000
                                                           
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                                                            Treetop Tom

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                                                            Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? Sat, 01/21/12 2:29 PM (permalink)
                                                            In Rockville, MD, we had GArden4 and POplar2 exchanges.
                                                             
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