William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Friday, 20, November, 2009

What’s Your Exchange?

Filed under: History — williamthecoroner @ 10:20

The Retrotechnologist has a nice essay on telephone exchanges. The two-letters that used to designate the switchboard center where your call was handled. I still like to use the exchanges to figure out where calls originate, though with cell phones now, it is much more difficult. I’ve had my land line phone since 1948, and I have no intention of giving it up.

I haven’t found a list of all the exchanges in the Cleveland are, I’ve learned a couple of them:
LOngacre (56) FAirmount (32)
SKyline (75) GArfield (42)
SWeetbriar (79) TUxedo (88)
MOntrose (66) WEather (to get the weather report and time)

I take it back, there is a list HERE.


  1. Our exchange was OLive. My mother made me memorize our phone # before first grade started and by some odd quirk of synapses I still remember it; OL1-1298.

    Comment by Shay — Friday, 20, November, 2009 @ 19:59 | Reply

  2. BL4-1885 when I was a child until into my thirties but sadly now the number was gone–taken by the phone company when they went area code happy a few years ago. Now 10 numbers to dial and no closer to real human contact.

    I have decided to break down and write my novel about a probate lawyer–I need some information from your end of the business. I need more information about the victims of fire. What happens to their bodies when they are damaged by fire, smoke inhalation. Perhaps it is my way of understanding and honoring a friend who died in a fire a few years ago. The fire department reported told his family standing outside the ruined structure that there was a big dog inside and they were waiting on animal control to remove it. It was of course not a big dog. Fireman have seen bodies before–he was a young man living alone in an eclectic house with books and “odd” furniture–they thought he was gay and didn’t want to move him. This was in East Texas. Yes, I am heartbroken. Evidently there is curling of the arms and legs? They had to use dental records of course in Fort Worth to identify him.

    What is the best text on fire victims?

    Best regards, and I respect your blog tremendously.

    Comment by jaye — Friday, 20, November, 2009 @ 20:29 | Reply

    • Jaye– I would recommend David Dolinak’s Forensic Medicine, Principles and Practice.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Saturday, 21, November, 2009 @ 18:58

  3. You are, sir, a gentleman and a scholar. What an incredible, invaluable book. I am in your debt. You will be in the forward to the novel.

    Comment by jaye — Saturday, 21, November, 2009 @ 22:59 | Reply

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  5. Ha! There was the “famous” GArfied1-2323. I grew up with MOntrose2-2683

    Comment by didyouseethis — Tuesday, 8, March, 2011 @ 21:49 | Reply

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