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117 posts
Oct 15, 2011
11:49 AM
If you had no phone you had a special location to call your favorite girl,or just a special phone location for all your calls you wanted secret,mine was an old booth at Huffman and about Gerlaugh
329 posts
Oct 15, 2011
3:27 PM
Ah yes, telephone booths, where one could get out of the weather and place a call isolated from traffic noise. There have been more than a few times I would have rather made a call from a booth than from my cell for just those reasons.

I wonder if there just might be some money to be made by offering old-fashioned telephone booths for making pay calls. Probably not, because there are so many people now who will vandalize a phone booth either to attempt to get the coins or- and sadly more commonly - for the "fun" of it. Thus another American tradition bites the dust.
64 posts
Oct 15, 2011
5:42 PM
There was a phone booth close to the street at Island Park across from the Band Shell. Use to have to check out the coin return to and from Phillips Pool.

Do you remember the old phone exchanges like AD1234. AD stood for Adam. Or CR9235 (Crestview).

Don't know when they went to 7 digits... mid-50s would be my guess.

Last Edited by on Oct 15, 2011 5:42 PM
70 posts
Oct 15, 2011
9:55 PM
The first phone number I remember began with BE or Beverly and then a 3. That was on Valley Street near Harshman Road.
My 'secret' phone calls were madefrom a phone booth down the street by a laundry.
330 posts
Oct 16, 2011
11:19 AM
You know, Paul, I always wondered why they used exchange names ( I was Beverly-3, also). Couldn't anyone remember "233"?

Then again, Glenn Miller wouldn't have gotten a hit with "736-9000", I don't think.
71 posts
Oct 16, 2011
11:40 AM
I remember our number was Lincoln-1090. We lived on Illinois Ave. in east Dayton.
118 posts
Oct 16, 2011
1:16 PM
I remember our phone being CL for Clearwater,I lived around the Finley Street area in East Dayton,the Vandalia area started with TW
186 posts
Oct 16, 2011
4:30 PM
Ours was Amherst 8 where I grew up across from Roth High school. Sometimes when I can't sleep I play mind games - one of them is to try to remember all my addresses and phone numbers during my life. I never get very far, not because I go to sleep but because I can't remember too many of them.
65 posts
Oct 16, 2011
7:40 PM
They were at seven digits by the time I was old enough to remember my phone number. Mine was a Crestview exchange in Five Oaks, CR7-````. My grandparents, who moved from Forest Avenue to Oakwood, got an AX exchange when they settled there but I don't know what that stood for. Guess I'll have to check an old phone directory at the library.

Last Edited by on Oct 16, 2011 7:41 PM
31 posts
Oct 17, 2011
4:39 AM
roge, our number was CL for Clearwater also. We lived on Gebhart off of Wayne Ave by Esther Price Candy store. We also moved to Vandalia where the exchange was TW.
32 posts
Oct 17, 2011
4:41 AM
If I remember correctly our exchange was OL for Olive before it was changed to CL.
13 posts
Oct 17, 2011
5:01 AM

AX stood for Axminster, I believe.

66 posts
Oct 17, 2011
6:00 AM
Axminster... okay. Thanks, Ol'Roy. You saved me a little research time.
Riverdale Ghost
246 posts
Oct 24, 2011
2:48 AM
Within the memory of the living, there are at least two sets of telephone exchange words.

One set of words learned by the elderly went with four number -- four diget -- telephone numbers. The other set went with five number telephone numbers.

Now, all of the exhanges covered specific areas of town, like ADams was downtown. When the stuff was expanded, some of these were combined, still covering various areas of town.

If one moved their residence from one neighborhood to another, if it was in the same general area, they could keep their old telephone numbers. But, if they, say, moved across town (north to south or whatever), they had to have a humber from that exchange area.

Most of the exchanges and numbers presently discussed here were for five number (seven diget) telephone numbers.

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Last Edited by on Oct 24, 2011 2:50 AM
99 posts
Oct 30, 2011
12:11 PM
In the mid 50s in Northridge, our number was ORegon 4757 and the later it was changed to CRestview 7 4757. Why do I remember these things and forget my kids names sometimes?
70 posts
Oct 30, 2011
5:57 PM
My cousin, who will be 60 next summer, remained at her parent's house in Five Oaks. She still has the same Crestview number that was her home number from the time she was a baby. The CR7 number is now cited as 277, but it is the same phone number.

Has anyone else had the same (and only) land-line phone number for more than 60 years?

Last Edited by on Oct 30, 2011 5:58 PM
12 posts
Dec 01, 2011
7:44 PM
gris, my father's parents bought a house in Belmont in 1936. my brothers and I had the task of selling it last year, it still had the 1936 number, only 74 years. if your cousin is in good health she might beat us in 14 years. bet somebody already has us beat and just isn't here to correct us. I toyed with buying the place and would have kept the number, which by the way was OLive and went to CLearwater 2, finally just the same but numbers 252.
you know maybe I am senile and it was MAdison went to CL-2 and OLive became CL-6. hate this forgetting stuff, getting old ain't for pansies. now I am sure it was MAdison but will stand corrected if anyone remembers better. paul

Last Edited by on Dec 01, 2011 10:10 PM
549 posts
Dec 05, 2011
5:59 AM
My favorite phone booth for long winded calls was at the old Biltmore Hotel. There were several booths in a row so you never had to worry about someone standing outside and giving you the evil eye while they were waiting for the phone. Indoor booths were warm in the winter and you could always sit down. If I was using the 'beep line' (where you had to yell) I would cut across up behind the old Victory Theatre and go to the stand up outdoor booth next to Bernies Music store on Second Street. The biltmore finally pulled the old sit down booths and replaced them with wall stations.
139 posts
Mar 11, 2015
5:44 PM
The restaurant/Bar called Slyders in Bellmont still has their phonebooth, and its still in good working order. A throwback to a by gone era..
luv my dayton
882 posts
Mar 11, 2015
6:20 PM
If I remember this right we had a WA exchange up on Third st hill. Kettering we had AX. We also had a party line. Remember those? Was like winning a prize when you got you own line.

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