Re: The Dark Ages of telephone service

Janet Hague McKay

Back in those days you didn't dial the number. You called the operator and
told her you want to make a long distance call to Orange, Virginia. She went
through this and that and finally an Orange operator would answer the phone
and your operator would give her the number you wanted and she would then
connect you! Cumbersome, but personal.

Janet McKay

In a message dated 8/12/2004 10:24:19 AM Eastern Standard Time,
rmj142@... writes:

With the present system the first (discounting country codes) three
digits are the "area code" so "540" tells the system that you want a
part of Virginia. Then "672" further tells it that you want
the "Orange Exchange". That narrows it down to 9999 different
possible numbers, from which the last four digits are used to select
as in "1000".

Back in the late 60's Virginia had just one area code, 703. So, 703
got you to Virginia. My question is : How was only four additional
digits enough to complete a call from outside the area? There had to
have been hundreds of exchanges in Virginia even then.

Was there a word code used as well? "Orange 1234" for example?

Mark Johnson

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