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    Telephone

    Who used to say their number when answering the phone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild View Post
    Who used to say their number when answering the phone?

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    Blimey Phil, that takes me back, that phone’s exactly the same as the one we had in our hall, same colour, model, card in the centre.

    Yes, we did say the number, only four digits. It still amazes me how many still say it when answering. When I return calls from enquiries I receive for work I still get the ‘owd un’s’ saying their four digit number, some precede it with their town or village name, if they’re really posh they precede it with their surname.

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    Guilty "West Bromwich 4766"

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    It reminds me of when my mumís parents bought their first TV and Iíd guess it was just after WW2.

    It was the first house in the street to have a TV and the whole street crammed their house to watch the 20 inch screen 😆

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickd1961 View Post
    It reminds me of when my mum’s parents bought their first TV and I’d guess it was just after WW2.

    It was the first house in the street to have a TV and the whole street crammed their house to watch the 20 inch screen ��
    I can relate to that.....actually remember when we didn't have a TV...think it was late 1969.....do recall Moon landing.

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    As a kid living in Handworth our phone number was NORTHERN 9389. When dialing home from a phone box you used the first three letters.
    i.e NOR 9389 and my mom would answer Northern 9389 Sheila speaking. Bless her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phild View Post
    Who used to say their number when answering the phone?

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    Who remembers this number

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    The very first time I answered our new phone I recited the entire number. I felt a bit of a berk and never did again. Our exchange was WOO (Woodgate) 422.

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    I remember my parents answering with Kingswinford 3968. We also had a 'party line' i think it was called. Apparently we shared a telephone line and many's a time you picked up the phone and you could listen in to your neighbours having a conversation.

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    Phones at home were still a rarity in the early 70ís.

    We had 6139 and months later one of my best mates family had 6150.

    That showed how slow the progression was.

    We didnít have colour TV until 1972 just in time for the West Germany World Cup.

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