dslreports logo
site
 
    All Forums Hot Topics Gallery
spc

spacer




how-to block ads


Search Topic:
uniqs
1722
share rss forum feed


inGearX
3.1415 9265

join:2000-06-11
New York

5 digit phone numbers in 1940s

Click for full size
Click for full size
Click for full size

brooklyn is greeen - source http://goo.gl/xgE4F
only 5 digits!?

well I guess very few people had phones ... surprisingly population was about the same! »en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:New_Y···zman.png

cool project: Direct Me NYC 1940

The New York Public Library Labs features freshly digitized 1940s telephone directories from NYC to help users navigate histories in the newly released 1940 Federal Census.

»directme.nypl.org/


tmpchaos
Requiescat in pace
Co-Lead Mod
join:2000-04-28
Hoboken, NJ
Reviews:
·Optimum Online
Actually, the capitalized letters were part of the number. Growing up in the Bronx, our number was CYpress 3-4116, aka 293-4116.
--
***ATMFAQ***DIFAQ***Kitchen Sink***


PCInTech
keeping art alive since 1953
Premium
join:2004-06-07
Massena, NY
kudos:9
Reviews:
·VOIPO
said by tmpchaos:

Actually, the capitalized letters were part of the number. Growing up in the Bronx, our number was CYpress 3-4116, aka 293-4116.

You had CYpress? We had MOtthaven 9

albi7918

join:2013-06-19
reply to inGearX
Wow that's wild, I can't imagine using letters and numbers.. remembering numbers is hard enough.


Stacy
FotoDogue
Premium
join:2001-11-02
New York, NY
reply to inGearX
In Manhattan we were:

ORegon
ALgonquin
WAtkins
MUrray hill
SPring

Now I'm happy just having 917 for my cell phone


mckenna797
Premium
join:2004-08-25
Astoria, NY
IN Queens we Had
EX ter
RA venswood
AS toria
FL ushing

And a lot more I donot remember.
Expand your moderator at work


PCInTech
keeping art alive since 1953
Premium
join:2004-06-07
Massena, NY
kudos:9
reply to Stacy

Re: 5 digit phone numbers in 1940s

Manhattan also had KNickerbocker. I was fortunate enough for a few years to inherit one of those old exchanges for my company.


kingdome74
Let's Go Orange
Premium
join:2002-03-27
Syracuse, NY
kudos:5
reply to inGearX
LOL, we still had 5 digits for our exchange when I went in the service in 1976. Changed a couple of years later.
--
What we give away today they'll take by force tomorrow - kd74


lilhurricane
Crunchin' For Cures
Premium,Mod
join:2003-01-11
Purple Zone
kudos:57
reply to tmpchaos
I seem to remember (vaguely, of course)

...a prefix that started TWining 6-XXXX ~ or so for Queens


Viet Vet
Support Our Troops
Premium
join:2005-12-17
Oceanside, NY
reply to inGearX
Far Rockaway, Queens
FA-7-xxxx

jeanmarc

join:2013-01-03
NY

1 recommendation

reply to inGearX
Numbers?

You had numbers?

We just asked the operator for Santora's Bakery.


KCrimson
Premium
join:2001-02-25
Brooklyn, NY
kudos:1

2 recommendations

reply to inGearX


PCInTech
keeping art alive since 1953
Premium
join:2004-06-07
Massena, NY
kudos:9
Great article, KCrimson!


DC DSL
There's a reason I'm Command.
Premium
join:2000-07-30
Washington, DC
kudos:2
reply to inGearX
We had 4-digit dialing for numbers in the same exchange in San Francisco until 1970. I had a friend in Vermont where 4-digit persisted until the early 1980s.
--
"Dance like the photo isn't being tagged; love like you've never been unfriended; and tweet like nobody is following."