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October 12, 2004

Telephone Exchange Name Project


This extremely cool website, on the history of telephone exchanges, takes you back in time to the days of


"Butterfield 8" [a superb film starring the stunning young Elizabeth Taylor as a "companion for hire"].


Said Robert Crowe, one of the site's founders, "Named places don't float so easily. Digits do. That's why phone numbers carry a lot less personal meaning these days."

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Hey Rae,
One I used to hear all the time from old 30's films was "Murrayhill."

Speaking in annoying, supercilious tone:
"Sir, the numm-ber you requested is: Murrayhill fie-yuv, nie-yunn foe-werr a-wunn nie-yunn."

Posted by: Flautist | Feb 27, 2008 6:35:26 PM

I'm working as a researcher for a film set in Charlotte, NC in the 1930s. For authenticity, I need to know an old telephone exchange name/number from back then. Does anyone know one off hand?
Thank you!

Posted by: Rae | Feb 27, 2008 5:28:55 PM

Ah yes! The old named exchanges. I'm only 43, but vividly remember learning my first phone number, my grandparent's "Edison 6," which then became ED6-3608, then 336-3608, and finally 817-336-3608. Time waits for no man. As a child, I took a tour of Southwestern Bell's'facility, and was shown a room full of empty switchboards and desks, where women manually connected calls only a few years before. In a fit of space age pride, we were taken to a huge room full of electric switches, connecting and disconnecting thousands of calls a minute. The smell of motors and dynamos filled the air, as the sound of "clack, clack, clack," made our hairs stand on end. I suppose the same technology today fits in a suitcase.

Posted by: Texan | Oct 13, 2004 12:22:33 PM

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