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Old 01-23-2010, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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Talking about phone numbers, ours was PErshing 44119, named after General Pershing obviously, others were WAlnut, LEighi, CApital, DIamond, GEneral. I can't remember others. We too had a party line. Neighbors would sneak on the line and listen to the gossip. You could here the click when they got on the line.

This has nothing to do about the party lines, but I was a junior member of a rock club back in the early sixties and one of the senior members lived a few blocks away and she loved to talk you edgewise. I was talking to her, or rather listening to her and couldn't say anything. I got bored and went outside for about 10 minutes and came back, picked up the phone and she had never missed a beat. She was still chattering away so I got back on with a few uh-huns. I never will forget that phone call. I guess I was kinda mean, but it was humourous.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Talking about phone numbers, ours was PErshing 44119, named after General Pershing obviously, others were WAlnut, LEighi, CApital, DIamond, GEneral. I can't remember others. We too had a party line. Neighbors would sneak on the line and listen to the gossip. You could here the click when they got on the line.

This has nothing to do about the party lines, but I was a junior member of a rock club back in the early sixties and one of the senior members lived a few blocks away and she loved to talk you edgewise. I was talking to her, or rather listening to her and couldn't say anything. I got bored and went outside for about 10 minutes and came back, picked up the phone and she had never missed a beat. She was still chattering away so I got back on with a few uh-huns. I never will forget that phone call. I guess I was kinda mean, but it was humourous.
I have a 1968 San Antonio phone book. They have all the prefixes listed.

CApitol, DIamond, EDison, GEneral, LEhigh, MArket, and also MAyfair. The next number determined which one. MArket was 3-7-8, and MAyfair was 1-2-4-6. Then there was MElrose, MIdway 8, and MIlton 9. MOhawk, MUtual, MYrtle, NEwton, NOrthfield, OLdfied 5, and OLive 1 or 8. ORchard, OSborne, OVerland, OXford, PErshing, TAylor, and WAlnut.

Today whenever a phone number is given on a TV show, it's always 555 something. In the old days it was KLondyke 5 something!
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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I butchered LEhigh!!
KLondike 55 or 555 is the telephone company, so people wouldn't bug businesses or someone's home number.

I remember TAylor but most of those others I don't remember. That's because I lived southeast and northwest. I guess those other numbers were in the northeast and southwest.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:55 PM
 
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I have a 1957 Cris/Cross directory by street name.
The phone numbers on my street begin with TA2, TA4, TA6 and TA8.
Shows the "responding owner" at the time. My neighbors who are 88 and owned their house then, were in PCS in Japan. The cris/cross shows the occupants as the people they were renting to.

Give me an address from that time, I'll look at what was there, then
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I have a 1968 San Antonio phone book. They have all the prefixes listed.

CApitol, DIamond, EDison, GEneral, LEhigh, MArket, and also MAyfair. The next number determined which one. MArket was 3-7-8, and MAyfair was 1-2-4-6. Then there was MElrose, MIdway 8, and MIlton 9. MOhawk, MUtual, MYrtle, NEwton, NOrthfield, OLdfied 5, and OLive 1 or 8. ORchard, OSborne, OVerland, OXford, PErshing, TAylor, and WAlnut.

Today whenever a phone number is given on a TV show, it's always 555 something. In the old days it was KLondyke 5 something!
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Austin, Tx.
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I have a 1957 Cris/Cross directory...
Give me an address from that time, I'll look at what was there, then
I'll take you up on that offer. Who was at 1730 McKinley in 1957? thanx, BudB
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:27 PM
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3201 S Gevers?
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:28 PM
 
Location: South Texas Coastal Bend
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Here's another - 927 W. Formosa - Thanks!
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:19 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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This was on the fourth page. Giving it a Bump. C'mon people, don't let this die. It's brough so much joy to all of us!!!
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Old 01-30-2010, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgOBXVKh1VQ
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:41 PM
 
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Would anyone have any photographs of the old Coney Island, downtown on St. Mary's street or Tony's Mirror Shine on Houston street, or St. Mary's School on St. Mary's street? Thank you.
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