"The phone is a remarkably complex, simple device, and very rarely ever needs repairs, once you fix them." - Dan/Panther
Started by WesternElectricBen, November 16, 2013, 10:31:53 PM
Quote from: Sargeguy on March 14, 2014, 05:39:50 PMYou Brits are the ones who came up with the name, Americans would never name a ship that!
Quote from: Phonesrfun on November 17, 2013, 12:17:09 AMWhile many three digit prefixes that formerly had names still exist, many, many prefixes have come into existence long after exchange names were done away with. For instance, where I grew up, my original phone number was LIncoln-1971. In the mid 1950's a number 2 was added to the front, and LIncoln turned into ALpine 4. Our number therefore was ALpine 4-1971 for many years. The 7 digit equivalent is 254-1971. The Alpine office still exists today. In the same city, the newer 761 exchange came into existence after exchange names were no longer used, and so it was nameless. I am sure a name could have been assigned to the 7 and 6 digits. However, my current cell phone number has its 3 digit "prefix" of 200. It would be impossible to assign a name to that.As to your original exchange name fo WA for your city, you might try going to the Exchange Name project and look it up. You can Google its address, or do a search on this forum, it has been discussed here in the past. Best of luck in your research.
Quote from: AT2796 on February 14, 2019, 11:00:11 PMWe also use 2 letter designations to identify switched exchanges (not remotes). So the actual 2 letter designation for Baywood Park is BQ, San Luis Obispo is OB...etcWe are pretty rural out here, only 1 switched exchange per city/town as opposed to bigger cities like San Francisco. I think we have 9 separate exchanges in SF, can't quite remember it's been a long time since I worked there. I wish I knew what my original 2 letter prefix was so I could make repro dial cards. I have a hunch that our CO may be new enough to have been switched from the beginning. Before we were probably trunked from San Luis Obispo. Just my guess, maybe someday I'll try to really research the history.