24 October 2013

Tucson Time Travel ~

This building's painted wall sign for National Auto Glass still displays the very old style of telephone exchanges. Note the number is "MA2-4849." With a little Internet digging, I found out that "MA" was "Main" in Tucson - in use until the 1960's.


  1. Hi, Diane, you sent me on an internet quest about the kind of phone # with letters in it and as it relates to my childhood in Chicago!...Here's the skinny: I was born in Chicago in 1960 and my parents and myself lived with Grandma and Grandpa, and I can, to THIS DAY, remember their phone # as PU5-8530! The PU stands for Pullman, which I found in my search, is from the company that built Pullman Railroad Cars on the southside of Chicago. Thanks for jump-starting this search!! We moved to Tucson in 1968 for my dad's post-doctorate work at UA. But I never forgot that Chicago #!! Funny what stays in a kid's brain :-)

  2. Hi Elizabeth! I am exactly the same way! My parents' phone number had an "OL" prefix for "Oliver." Although they moved from that house and I haven't used that number for decades, I still remember that number.