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GArrison 7-7600

10 new pictures uploaded today. I think I'm proudest of this find:

GArrison 7-7600

I like it because it's a sign on a building that tons of people go by each day (it's between Summer and Congress Streets in Boston) yet they probably don't notice it at all. I also like it because it includes a reference to Boston Edison, which don't exist no more, and a telephone number using the old telephone exchange name system. That really dates the darn thing.

I found a list of Boston telephone exchanges, which I'll paste below the cut, and it seems that a number with the GArrison exchange would have been located in Roxbury. It's also interesting -- to somebody, at least, just probably not you -- it's interesting to note that while this list uses the first three digits in their naming convention (and capitalizes all three letters), most folks were content to just capitalize the first two letters in their exchange name when writing their phone number.

The Boston, Massachusetts telephone directory, dated
December 1946, has a box on page 3 with a map and this
text:

"COMMUNITIES AND CENTRAL OFFICES

"This directory serves the Metropolitan Boston
exchanges and the Burlington exchange as indicated on
the map below. Central office names different from
exchange or principal community names are listed
separately at the right of this page. Exchange
boundaries as indicated on the map do not always match
municipal lines.

"ALGonquin - Brighton
ALLston - Brighton
ARNold - Jamaica Plain
ASPinwall - Brookline
AVEnue - Dorchester
BAYside - Dorchester
BEAcon - Brookline
BIGelow - Newton
BLUehills - Milton
BOWdoin - Boston
CAPitol - Boston
CIRcle - Boston
CITy Point - South Boston
COLumbia - Dorchester
COMmonwealth - Boston
COPley - Boston
CRYstal - Wakefield
CUNningham - Milton
DECatur - Newton
DEVonshire - Boston
ELIot - Cambridge
ENDicott - Jamaica Plain
GARrison - Roxbury
GENeva - Dorchester
GRAnite - Quincy
HANcock - Boston
HIGhlands - Roxbury
HUBbard - Boston
HUMboldt - Roxbury
JEFferson - Dorchester
KENmore - Boston
KIRkland - Cambridge
LAFayette - Boston
LASell - Newton
LIBerty - Boston
LONgwood - Brookline
MAYflower - Quincy
MYStic - Medford
OCEan - Winthrop
PARkway - Roslindale & West Roxbury
PERkins - Watertown
PORter - Cambridge
PREsident - Quincy
PROspect - Somerville
RIChmond - Boston
RUGgles - Roxbury
SHErwin - Boston
SOMerset - Somerville
STAdium - Allston & Brighton
TALbot - Dorchester
TROwbridge - Cambridge
UNIversity - Cambridge"

Frankly I don't see why Somerville got stuck with "SOmerset" when it sounds too much like "SOmerville". They probably couldn't use "SOmerville" as the exchange name since no other city got to use their own name for one, and it'd be confusing anyhow. Maybe CAmbridgejunior was already taken or something.

And once again, due to an overabundance of ones and zeroes in my phone number, I am unable to make neither words nor a decent exchange name out of mine. Curse you, Virgin Mobile!
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