[rollei_list] Re: old phone numbers

  • From: "Richard Knoppow" <dickburk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 08:16:42 -0800


----- Original Message ----- From: "Ferdi Stutterheim" <fstutterheim@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 7:23 AM
Subject: [rollei_list] Re: old phone numbers


Like "Whitehall 1212" to get the "Yard" in English detective stories.

Ferdi.

Op 21-jan-2009, om 17:50 heeft Peter K. het volgende geschreven:

As to what people remember, the max is 5 items based on a Bell Labs study from the 1940s. This is why the old phone numbers read like Elgin 1 -2345. "Elgin 1" was considered one item (or number) followed by 4 others. This of course has changed with tel numbers being all numeric nowadays.

BTW, one of the oldest phone numbers in continuous use may soon be a thing of the past. Pennsylvania 6-5000, the number of the Hotel Pennsylvania, in NYC, may go soon because the hotel is scheduled to be demolished. The number was long ago given imortality by the Glen Miller song of the same name. Miller was long a fixture of the Cafe Rouge and preserved the phone number for posterity. If one got tired of Miller a short walk would bring you to the Manhattan Room and Benny Goodman, who kept his phone numbers to himself.

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Richard Knoppow
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