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posted on February 11, 2006 12:13:30 PM new
does anybody remember or know about what year(s) 4 digit phone numbers went out? I have some prints with the phone number is showing as

Pearl City Paint & Glass Co
Jamestown, N. Y.
Phone: 3196

posted on February 11, 2006 12:29:27 PM new
I don't know about N.Y., but here in California it was about the mid 50's.

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posted on February 11, 2006 12:45:46 PM new
1930-40 era. Different places different dates.


posted on February 11, 2006 02:03:11 PM new
From 1956 to 1959, I had a 5 digit while in college in Sioux Falls, SD still rememberit, 80809. The previous person that had it was a milk delivery guy & we used to ge phone calls at 3:30 AM to wake him up!
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[ edited by sanmar on Feb 11, 2006 02:03 PM ]
posted on February 11, 2006 09:20:45 PM new
They still exsist in extreme rural areas. Just have to call within the prefix area.
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posted on February 11, 2006 11:48:23 PM new
An interesting question, which pertains to dating ephemera in general. I lived in a c 25,000 pop. town in Nebraska and seem to remember our phone number growing from 5 digits to 7 digits around 1960. My grandparents in Omaha already had extra digits added with the inclusion of two digits indicating their local exchange (or neighborhood telephone office) which was the numbers that corresponded to MA (stood for Market). I just listed a postcard with the phone number Hollywood 316 (CA) which I assume was one of the first 500 telephone numbers in Hollywood. The mandatory use of area codes seems to have standardized the number of digits in telephone numbers, allowing computerization and the loss of the neighborhood telephone exchange.

posted on February 12, 2006 08:26:49 AM new
Hollywood 316 would have been HO(46) as a prefix to the 316 and accordingly this was one of the first 100,000 numbers in the area.

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