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Started by Greg G., April 03, 2009, 03:55:44 AM
Quote from: Steve K on April 03, 2009, 10:13:46 AMThat is correct but not all the phones on manual exchanges had cranks (magnetos). Those were often on the rural lines and in the city one usually just had a standard phone without a dial. Lifting the receiver signaled the operator who then asked what number you wanted and in this case you would have said "360" to get the Bremerton Creamery.
Quote from: bingster on April 03, 2009, 03:37:39 PMKeep in mind that area codes didn't exist until the late 1940s, and weren't actually used until the late 1950s/early '60s. The "360" on the bottle is the entire phone number of the Bremerton Creamery. The fact that the number on the bottle matches the later area code is pure coincidence. There were so few phones in use in that town that the phone numbers didn't have to go very high. Some places were so rural, that they actually had phone numbers that were only two digits.
QuoteCrank/magneto sets were used on local battery (LB) networks.
Quote from: Steve K on April 03, 2009, 11:14:21 PMTom:In case you're interested, the Broadway exchange started in Milwaukee sometime in the late 20s I believe. My Milwaukee phone books from the teens list the early downtown exchange as Main. About 1948 the Broadway exchange became BRoadway 1 and BRoadway 2. More were added later.Steve
Quote from: Steve K on April 04, 2009, 12:28:26 AMTom:In 1915 there was a Gus Rosenow a block away from Schlitz with the number of Lincoln 3763-L. That was the same exchange as Schlitz. He's no longer listed in the 40s but there are other Rosenows in the same area with a LOcust exchange.