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10 November 1951: Direct Distance Dialing (DDD) first offered on trial basis at Englewood, New Jersey, to 11 selected major cities across the United States; this service grew rapidly across major cities during the 1950s

If you were on a party line you could not dial long distance. There was no way to identify which party was making the call.
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I believe a telephone switch using 4 or 5 digits to call local could not direct dial long distance.

I added eqpt in late 70's to the old Step by Step (SxS) switch so the calling party could be identified.
I added Touch tone (TT) receivers to the old SxS in some small offices so people could use TT phones to make calls.

http://www.telcomhistory.org/connect...cal-switching/
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10 November 1951: Direct Distance Dialing (DDD) first offered on trial basis at Englewood, New Jersey, to 11 selected major cities across the United States; this service grew rapidly across major cities during the 1950s

If you were on a party line you could not dial long distance. There was no way to identify which party was making the call.
Dial Operator

I believe a telephone switch using 4 or 5 digits to call local could not direct dial long distance.

I added eqpt in late 70's to the old Step by Step (SxS) switch so the calling party could be identified.
I added Touch tone (TT) receivers to the old SxS in some small offices so people could use TT phones to make calls.
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Good video.
A #5-XB switch with the guy on the ladder. Wire spring relays has platinum contacts.
When contacts wore down, new contacts could be welded on.

The paper tape that was punched was oily yellow paper 3 to 4 inches wide.
I worked in the New Orleans XBT switch, worked on the project to convert from paper tape to IBM System 7 using magnetic tape.

I also worked on the 411 "Directory Assistance" project to bill you for the service.
The good old days except for the hours, many months of 11 - 7 night work.
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the only thing I know about the phone system...



in the 1970's telephone interface to home alarm systems..
I installed alarm systems... We called the phone people... get appointment..

arrive at customer home.. wait, wait.. then phone people arrive...

take 3 to 4 hours for them to install a box.. an a few wires..



only people I have seen that worked slower.. where the local water department ground crews...
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An anecdote about the old phones: After my wife passed and the boy and I moved from the house to an apartment, we had downstairs neighbors that were very old. We soon became quite friendly with them. This was around 2008. One day they asked for a hand moving some furniture and we went into their apartment. The boy gets me on the side and says; "pop, what is that?!" He had seen their rotary dial desk phone. I couldn't help laughing out loud. I think it was like looking at a Model T to him.
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I was two! And still remember my number Orange 7-2886, later changed to 677-2886. Rotary phone on a desk, with a six foot cord. People nowadays have no idea about the past, with all the technology.

I remember doing "fantasy baseball" with my brothers back in the early 60s. We would each pick position players for the week, then check the box scores in the paper. Best stats had bragging rights. Oh the memories!


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Technology is a wonderful thing...in the right hands. I was 3 at the time of this 'switch', and remember party lines, rotary...and finally, push button. We've come a long way.

Now...there is one number speed dial or voice command. Imagine what we'll have in another 10-20 years. You don't see many people anymore with those 'bug' looking things sticking out of their ears, walking around talking to themselves...or so it seems. I must have answered over a hundred people, thinking they were talking to me.

Personal information used to be 'private'...but now, people walk around in the stores talking on their phones so loud, you learn all about Aunt Gladis who has incontinence, had a physical exam, blood drawn and walks around half naked. Sometimes, I truly believe that 'good' technology makes people STUPID!
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Technology is a wonderful thing...in the right hands. I was 3 at the time of this 'switch', and remember party lines, rotary...and finally, push button. We've come a long way.

Now...there is one number speed dial or voice command. Imagine what we'll have in another 10-20 years. You don't see many people anymore with those 'bug' looking things sticking out of their ears, walking around talking to themselves...or so it seems. I must have answered over a hundred people, thinking they were talking to me.

Personal information used to be 'private'...but now, people walk around in the stores talking on their phones so loud, you learn all about Aunt Gladis who has incontinence, had a physical exam, blood drawn and walks around half naked. Sometimes, I truly believe that 'good' technology makes people STUPID!
GLADYS was my paternal Grandma with the party line phone, lol. Who remembers Junior Samples from Hee-Haw? "The number to call....is BR-549!
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analog push button phones.
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