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Re: TV Telephone History

Joseph (
Sun, 24 Jul 2005 16:15:36 -0700

On Sun, 24 Jul 2005 11:30:18 -0700, John L. Shelton
<> wrote:

> By the way, the number "9970" appears in many dialing examples from
> "Englewood NJ 1951 Customer Long Distance Dialing", posted to this
> list by Mark Cuccia in 1996. And in the movie "The Manchurian
> Candidate", a quoted phone number is "El Dorado 5 - 9970".

> Do others have good examples of TV family telephones?

In "The Women" (1939) the number called to 'John' in New York is
ELdorado 5-3598.

As far as the phones used I just got done watching "Dallas" and they
used a whole hodge-podge of different phones. Many WECO Princesses
(touch tone) as well as an AE dial phone, WECO dial phones. Offices
used WECO 2565 as well as call director type phones. They never had
the "ringing" right and always used the double-gong ringers that one
would find on 500/2500 type phones. When using payphones they'd have
the "ding-ding" sound from a regular fortress type phone. The last
"ding-ding" pay phones were the three slotters!

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