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Re: Sid Ceasar and Phones in Comedy

Paul Coxwell (
Fri, 02 Sep 2005 22:47:06 +0100

> A separate number for Long Distance instead of plain zero was common
> in many cities. Long Distance switchboards were differently equipped
> than dial-0 boards

The same was true here in Britain. In smaller towns callers just used
to dial "0" for either general assistance or to place a long-distance
call, while in the large cities there were separate codes for

In London, there were two separate codes to split the traffic. TOL
(805) got the "Toll" operator for calls to the surrounding areas while
TRU (878) reached the "Trunks" operator for all other long-distance
calls to the rest of the country.


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