Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name?

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DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
2012/01/20 19:02:31
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?
jman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 19:37:58
KenWick2-3698 (circa 1953)
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 19:45:13
Yup...it was "Union" in Union City...and "Twinbrook", here in Brick, Nj...that was in the late 50's and early 60's
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 19:54:06
I remember calling my buddy Ralph at Bensonhurst 0-7741.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 20:37:22
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.
Mosca
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 20:42:42
Up until 1959 it was TUxedo. Then it changed to OLympia. OL3-1461. I don't remember the TUxedo number.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 20:43:47
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.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 20:56:36
BEverly 7 - 0284 for several decades in Yonkers NY
 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 22:16:40

VErmont 8-5528
My Aunt's was WEbster
My Grandmother's was SYcamore
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 22:23:00
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)
jman
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 22:35:49
Man, this board is full of old farts.
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 22:45:02
What I don't understand is.... why?
 
The letters are still on the phone and they still correspond to the same numbers.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 22:50:08
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
sk bob
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 23:09:30
MOhawk 6 3990 was my parents # in Newington, CT.
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/20 23:23:47
CApitol 0504 and we originally didn't have that fifth number prefix. I believe it was added (1) in the early 50s.
6star
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 00:25:01
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.)
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 06:26:39
PRescott 7-8081
... meanwhile, I have to look up my PIN number at the bank.. Go figure.
ChrisOC
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 08:07:27
WIssahickon 7  later changed to CHestnut Hill 7
cavandre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 08:31:26
NYPIzzaNut

BEverly 7 - 0284 for several decades in Yonkers NY



Same town, but different exchange: YOnkers 9-7926.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 08:59:58
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.
kozel
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 09:10:26
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.
post edited by kozel - 2012/01/21 09:11:47
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 09:47:09
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.
fishtaco
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 10:07:54
FLeetwood 9-5642 and TWinbrook 8-6654, damn thats 40-50 years ago. Now ask me what I had for lunch on Wednesday.
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 10:21:39
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!
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 10:34:50
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!
DawnT
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 12:13:56
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.
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 12:39:17
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!
 
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 13:38:34
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
Cosmos
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 14:12:07
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
Treetop Tom
Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 14:29:38
In Rockville, MD, we had GArden4 and POplar2 exchanges.
mbrookes
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 14:43:13
I remember my grandmother's number when it was 771W. Now that is a LONG time ago!
BackRhodes
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 16:52:22
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)
post edited by BackRhodes - 2012/01/21 16:55:18
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 18:57:22
WE 2-1212
jaylhorner
Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 19:09:45
SUnset 5
tiki
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 23:43:57
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!
 
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 23:48:29
<WE 2-1212
 That's weird. IIRC, the long-time phone number for recorded weather reports in NY City was WE (Weather) 6-1212.
tiki
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/21 23:48:58
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!
Sonny Funzio
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/22 01:52:21
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.
Sonny Funzio
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/22 02:00:19
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
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/22 11:36:06
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.
MikeS.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/22 20:39:27
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.
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/23 01:48:22
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!
BackRhodes
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/23 04:56:18
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
Big Frank
Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/23 23:01:11
Ours was RAandolph-5 in the Branchburg NJ area.
Tex-Max
Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/24 01:05:05
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
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/01/25 23:52:18
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.
post edited by Ort. Carlton. - 2012/01/25 23:53:22
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/02/01 08:23:40
TWinbrook 2-7260  in southwest OH
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/02/01 08:25:13
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.
RodBangkok
Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2012/02/01 08:42:55
Pennsylvania 6 5000 or Pennsylvania six five oh oh oh
slora007
Junior Burger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 10:10:33
When i was in NDLS there is one very old exchange ...
at thet time i was 14 so the name may be ,..
post edited by slora007 - 2013/02/23 10:12:20
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 10:50:39
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.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 11:06:09
My grandmother's phone number was 227.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 11:23:13
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!
 
 
porkbeaks
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 11:46:29
62J and my grandparents had 124J. This was in rural Hunterdon County NJ in the early 1950's.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 11:51:12
Michael Hoffman

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.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 12:02:49
My grandfather had one of the first four telephones in New Haven, Connecticut.
I still don't have one of those newfangled things.
 
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 13:48:48
Let me guess?  Was it the third one?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 14:49:29
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.
love2bake
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/23 23:10:06
jman

Man, this board is full of old farts.

LOL jman
 
JE-fferson, Falls Church, VA
pnwchef
Filet Mignon
Re:Do You Still Remember Your Old Telephone Exchange Name? 2013/02/24 12:45:46
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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