Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ours Was GYpsy 6-2323

Why Did Old Phone Numbers Start With Letters?

7 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Gypsy? Really? That's cool. I figured you just called Thelma Lou on the party line.

;)

Ours was NIghtingale 8-0544.

Jeff

Bill Crider said...

Back when we picked up the phone and talked to the operator, the town where Judy lived was so small, she could just say, "I want to talk to my daddy" and get connected.

Anonymous said...

SKyline 2-4745

Art Scott

Deb said...

BUtterfield 8

/Not really. It was AMherst 4--but those names were already being phased out by the time I started making phone calls.

Mike Stamm said...

These were on the way out when I was a kid. But I do remember our home phone number in an Indianapolis suburb ca. 1961: STate 7-2613.

Jerry House said...

ALpine 6-2536...and it was a four-party line.

Deb said...

Wasn't Murray Hill also the name of a record label? I seem to remember "classical collections from Murray Hill records" but it's very hazy.