The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

26 March 2004

BEechwood 4-5789

Yours truly has a guest spot today at The Dawn Patrol, which I used to wax nostalgic about old two-letter telephone exchanges.

(If you're reading this in London, make that old three-letter telephone exchanges. And if you're not reading this in London, and you're wondering, as do some readers, "Why do you know this?" — I have a small collection of vintage Radio London jingles, one of which solicits advertising for the station at MAYfair 5361.)

Yeah, I know: nobody would call Jenny at UNiversity 7-5309. Or would they?

Posted at 8:27 PM to Blogorrhea


ORchard 3-xxxx...I hadn't thought about my growing-up home phone's letter exchange for decades. Wow, what a weird feeling it was to remember that.

Posted by: Vickie at 5:48 AM on 27 March 2004

When I got married, we had an OR number, but it was an ORange 7.

In Corpus Christi in 1960, we were ULysses 3-xxxx. I always thought that was so cool.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:55 AM on 27 March 2004

I had OLympic. The other choice was OXford.

Posted by: Fred Boness at 10:06 AM on 27 March 2004

My all time favorite was assigned to Yukon, Oklahoma 354 exchange . . FLanders :)

Posted by: ms7168 at 9:40 AM on 28 March 2004