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How 911 Became The Emergency Call Number In The United States

How 911 Became The Emergency Call Number In The United States

Before the 1960s, the United States didn’t have one universal phone number for Americans to call if they needed help from the police or fire department. Callers simply had to know the phone number for each department in the area they were currently in.

First-Ever Phone Directory and Instruction Manual to Be Auctioned

First-Ever Phone Directory and Instruction Manual to Be Auctioned

This is the world’s first phone directory—and it’s going up for sale next month in New York at Christie’s auctioneers. The Telephone Directory, Volume 1, Number 1, for New Haven, Connecticut, aptly enough, is, at 20 pages, more of a pamphlet than the kind of thing that big strong men…