Sunday, August 10, 2008

PRescott 6; Telephone Exchange Names

I bet a lot of you do not even know this...but telephone numbers used to have names! How cool, huh?

I remember my great-grandmother, Isabel (yep, I was named after her!), telling people her phone number was PRescott 6.... The PR was for 77. I actually forget the rest of her phone number, probably because it didn't have a grand name like Prescott 6.

You can read more about this at The Telephone EXchange Project. You can even plug in your current number and get yourself a handy dandy name for your number, then you'll be the envy of all your friends!



Connie said...

I want you to know, sweetpea, that Isabella is one of my favorite names - just so "regal"! My hubs had a prefix on his line and I still remember it from him talking about it. FO for "foxcroft" in Pennsylvania in the 40s.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Fun!! And look at those great phones, would'ja?? I always remember that Glenn Miller song "pennsylvannia 65000"!

Shelia said...

That's cute and I love your phone graphics. I just remember numbers, but I do remember 'party lines'. As a little girl I would quietly pick up the phone and eavesdrop on the neighbors. Don't tell my Mama!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

nikkicrumpet said...

Well that is something I didn't know...very I gotta go look and get a name for my phone number! Thanks for sharing that info...I love new stuff

Nola said...

That takes me waaaay back. I was a telephone operator in Dallas, TX in 1980. The "oldtimers" used to ask us to dial numbers that way! Please dial westmoreland 7-0000 (937-0000)!
By the way, the phone company central offices are named for the prefixes they service: FRanklin would service prefixes beginning with 37x. I proudly live in TRiangle (87x).
I remember party lines, too. In our small town, you didn't have to dial anything but the last 5 digits; we did that until will up into the 1980's!

The Berry's Patch said...

How interesting Bella, I'll have to check it out.

Brandee :-)

Darlene said...

I remember when I was a little girl that our phone number was MI5something. I had forgotten all about that.

Pleasant Drive said...

Interesting! You learn something new every single day!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

Wow, I love fun little facts like that. I am trying to get in some visits to my favorite blog before my computer freezes. Wanted you to know I stopped by.:)

Joanne Kennedy said...

How fun is that! I do remember when people would use names. I just looked mine up and we would be Plaza 1. Sounds so much better then saying 751. I'm going to start saying that to people.


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