Originally Posted by daystar
Did anyone else notice the old phone numbers like WA2-7200 or NE2-5500? I assume that by the 70's you could dial the letters on your rotary phone instead of having to ask for the operator.
We still had an alpha prefix local phone number with only seven alpha/numeric characters back in the '60's.
In our area it was "HE" (stood for "Hemlock") followed by numeric; example HE4-7300. And yes, that was before touch tone (which was an additional charge at the time, requiring the replacement of the standard rotary phone).
Full ten positions (including area code) did not come about till later as the usage of phones and data circuits (in their early days) went beyond the limits of the old numbering order.