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Old 06-22-2007, 09:12 PM
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Olde time phone number question

Im am at the point where the Model A & COE are about ready for its Patina make over. In the process of making this new paint job look old I want to add my business name and phone number on the door. The old time phone numbers started with 2 letters I believe? The balance of the phone number was just the last 5 numbers as they are today. My question is what did those 2 letters stand for? and how could I make my current number = the lettered number? Kind of a silly question, but I think it would make a nice touch on the car, Along with the airbrushed bird crap. Thanks for the help in advance.

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Old 06-22-2007, 09:51 PM
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well im not 100% sure this is completly accurate but it all has to do with the letters on each number on the key pad for example years ago my home phone number started with 884, so the first letter on the 8 key is t so my number was tt-46586 my grandmother always used to say turner turner 4 when she called out my phone number. and 8 starts with tu....
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My aunt-n-uncle in Los Angeles have a number that starts with 699

And I remember the phone as having the label marked as OXnard9-xxxx

I would imagine that this would be their 'exchange' location.

Not sure.

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The letters were the the local office, or exchange as someone said. They could be named for the street they were located on, the district of the town, almost anything.
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Back in the day phone exchanges had names..usually something of a couple of syllables that were easily understandable by the operator..Ours was Yukon when I was a young sprout..Others had their name..I think they ran out of names and went to area codes and numbers back in the late 60's or early 70's depending on where one lived at the time..

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Amazing how I can remember a a phone number and the label it was printed on from when I was 6-7 years old.

And cannot for the life of me find my keys after 5 minutes

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I think they ran out of names and went to area codes and numbers back in the late 60's or early 70's depending on where one lived at the time..

Sam
Aunt-n-Uncle's 7digit phone has NEVER changed--still the same
Area code has changed 3 times----can never remember the current area code
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The first three digits in my phone number is 461. So for the digit 4 I can use g,h, or i? And for the 6 I can use m,n, Or o? Any use of the letter Combination and the digit 1 would be correct? Another words GO1-xxxx, or IN1-xxxx would be correct? If it was a name for an area, I wonder how I might find what it was for my business in Spring Valley Ca.? Any ideas other than quizing the older folks?
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Old newspapers---magazines
Virtually any business owner that was around in 57 +
Chamber of Commerce?????
Library.
Dunno fer shur

Might have to ask a friend's parent

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growing up in brooklyn new york in the late 60's and 70's my home phone number was GLenmore 1-1228. hope that helps
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Old newspapers---magazines
Virtually any business owner that was around in 57 +
Chamber of Commerce?????
Library.
Dunno fer shur

Might have to ask a friend's parent

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Great Bryan! All great suggestions, I will get the answer this week. Thanks
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growing up in brooklyn new york in the late 60's and 70's my home phone number was GLenmore 1-1228. hope that helps
Was the first two 451-1228?
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Once upon a long time ago, my parents phone was TEmple4-XXXX.

The TEMPLE was the town or section of the larger town where you lived. The TE was 83 then the 4. My grandmothers phone was TE7-XXXX.

They originally used the name of the town, as more phones were added, they gave CODE names to the areas. THen they decided to do away with the cutsie names as the film I remember watching in school, folks had issues remembering the cutsie names. Bubbling Brook and Babbling Brook was the example that was used. Numbers were just easier to remember.

The actual phone number did not change, just how you said it.

BTW, does anybody know if BR549 still gets the used car lot?
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Around 1957, the 6-digit phone number at my folks house was ATlantic 6887. It was later modified to ATlantic 8-6887. No area codes. If you wanted to make a long distance call, you went through an operator. Later area codes were added and the 'AT' in ATlantic was just noted as '28', rendering the final number as xxx-288-6887. I remember some friends who lived in rural Illinois who had a 4 digit phone number - calling them involved going through a series of operators.
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:59 AM
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Picks up crystal ball.....I see a lot of younger folks scratching their heads....
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It does around here. Saaaalute.
I still remember my phone number as a kid, RA as in Randolph, 76997. No area code, call the operator. Long distance was freaking expensive! I would like to figure out what the rates would be today, taking inflation into consideration. $1.40 a minute seems to ring a bell, it may have been more. Party lines, dial phones, one ring for our house, double ring for the neighbors. Dan
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