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Jan 22, 2008
Tartan 37 Pensacola Shipyard, FL
My 2004 Dodge pickup is totally manual. Crank windows, standard transmission and because it is a full size pickup, the passenger door lock is in another county. :huh:

Growing up, all my friends phone numbers started with 9 but that was after Southwestern Bell made us dial all seven numbers. Anybody remember 4 digit calling?
Oct 19, 2017
O'Day 19 Littleton, NH
We had four digit calling here in NH, when I was in high school. When I was in grade school, in Florida, we had to dial all seven numbers.

I do remember some of my friends had to check their phones before they could make a call because they were on a party line.

I remember operators.

-Will (Dragonfly)
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Oct 19, 2017
O'Day 19 Littleton, NH
I started working for a furniture manufacturer, many years ago, as a design engineer and their IT person. When I got there, they had a switchboard operator (receptionist) who did the typical handling of all incoming calls then transferred them to the appropriate office with a two digit extension. About a year later, the company "upgraded" the phone system and everyone then had three digit extensions, no new offices. They just added a number to the front so everyone had to add a '9' or something to their regular number. Then they upgraded again to a trunk line where everyone got their own direct dial number and internally, they now had four digits to dial to get a fellow employee. Progress?
I've since left the company, but my guess is that, another upgrade and all seven digits now needs to be dialed to get the office that twenty five years ago only took two numbers to dial. Oh yeah, they still maintain a front end receptionist to handle phone calls.

-Will (Dragonfly)


Jul 24, 2005
Beneteau 323 Manistee, MI
I worked as an engineer in a plant remote from headquarters. When we needed to call there, we had to call the plant operator to request the “tie line”. Then we had to wait, sometimes hours, for our turn, depending on where we were in the pecking order. Then there was telex...


Aug 18, 2015
Hunter 31 Tampa Bay
Telex, hadn't thought of that in a long time. In college, I was a radio announcer (DJ means something different now), and the station had a telex for news. I'd occasionally go in and tear off a story or two to read on the air. There was a bell system to alert you to the importance of the story coming across "the wire". One ring, not very important. Ten rings, the balloon had gone up.
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Mar 23, 2017
Hunter 30 Snug Harbor, Lake Champlain
Anybody remember 4 digit calling?
Our 4 digit number ended in a 1. But you could also dial that same number ending in a 2 and the house phone would ring with 2 shorts. You could do that all the way to 9. So we could set up "secret" codes and all you had to do was listen to the ring.

When one of my older sisters went off to college and had to put our phone number on the application, the college contacted us saying she was missing numbers in the phone number. It was a 3 digit area code and the 4 number exchange. It took them some time to figure it all out...

Jan 19, 2010
Hunter 26 Charleston
Who remembers going to the movies and having to use a pay phone to call home for a ride.... something like this.

Automated Operator: "Who shall I say is calling"
Me: "Robneedsaride"
Automated Operator: "Will you accept a call from (rob needs a ride)?"
My Dad just hangs up.:pimp:


Jun 4, 2009
Pearson 530 Admiralty Bay, Bequia SVG
Out west we had two letters and I think 5 numbers when I was around 6..
Jan 2, 2017
O'Day 322 Lake Pleasant, AZ
Back in the day, pay phones would return your dime if the call lasted less than 3 seconds. So when my friend would call his mother from the station for a ride home (I lived close enough to walk), he would say “Ma, stach” and hang up. Out popped the dime.