TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Re: San Francisco and Oakland Dialing

Re: San Francisco and Oakland Dialing

Jim Stewart (
Mon, 24 Oct 2005 10:10:05 -0700

> Long Distance

> There's an odd statement in May 1964 directory in the area code
> listings, "To make a direct Distance call, just dial the Area Code and
> then the telephone number". Does that mean no "1" or "211" was used?

> The 1960 directory gives "211" as the Long Distance number but some
> (not all) locations could be direct dialed.

I moved to the East Bay in '72 and it was indeed possible to
direct-dial long distance without dialing 1 first. Just the area code
and phone number. I believe this lasted until the first great Area
Code renaming when East Bay became 510 and SF stayed 415.

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