On occasion (or when we have time), we will add or change
something here at Telephone World. Here is a listing of significant
September 2, 2013
Well, that work I was talking about... isn't going
to happen right way... other sites come first.
One of them is the new Evan Doorbell's Telephone
Tapes site. It's an off-shoot of this site and run in conjunction
with Mr. Doorbell himself. Please check it out -
November 23, 2012
It's been way too long since I've updated this
website. I've been working on another project. See the Telephone
Central Office Building Pictures site to see what I've been doing
for the last couple of years.
But I promise I'll work on this site starting
right now. And I'll do it with a big bang. How? Telephone World is
now hosting the new phone tapes of the infamous Evan Doorbell. Evan
is now posting unnarrated "raw tapes" on the Telephone World
website. Come back here in the next few days and see what new tapes
he has posted!
IJanuary 1, 2009
Moved to our own domain
January 4, 2008
Sadly, North Pittsburgh Telephone Company has been
sold to Consolidated Communications of Matton, Illinois. The 101
year history of NPTCo has ended with a buyout to satisfy hedge fund
owners. The histories and CO picture pages have been updated to
reflect the new ownership.
September 12, 2007
Added new sound to the Area Code page, updated a
sound on the Miscellaneous page, and added a sound on the Time &
September 9, 2007
Various additions to the site - new Central Office
pictures in 724, 619 and 858 area codes.
May 15, 2007
Added Wisconsin to the Central Office pictures
pages (thanks Joe!)
April 20, 2007
Updated the timeline to reflect the creation of
EMBARQ and the merger of BellSouth with at&t.
February 11, 2007
Took a business trip to San Antonio, TX. Of course
- took some central
office pictures too!
January 3, 2007
Happy New Year! A couple more sounds and central
November 23, 2006
More new sounds. Thanks to Cynthia in Alabama for
sounds from a #1AESS. These switches are few and far between, so it
was nice of her to record these sounds before it was too late.
November 22, 2006
Finally some site updates! The private collector
of the FTR-Kellog switch set up two more switches in his backyard
shed! So now there is a Stromberg-Carlson XY switch and an AE
switch. I recorded some more sounds and added them to the page. I've
renamed the page "Private Collector Step by Step Switch Vintage
Telephone Sounds & Recordings".
to check out the new sounds!
September 30, 2006
Telephone World now resides on a new web server.
Everything should be transparent and actually work FASTER than
before, but should work the same. Eventually the site will be moved
to a new domain, but that will be in a gradual phased in period.
In addition to the new server, all audio files in
the Sounds directory are all now in MP3 format.
August 14, 2006
By popular request, I am now in the process of converting ALL the
sound files from Real Audio to MP3 format. The Miscellaneous sounds,
International sounds and Wawina, MN sounds are now all in MP3
format. The Modern and Vintage sounds are still in Real Audio at
June 23, 2006
New section to the Sounds page -
Wawina, MN, home to the last N2 analog carrier system in the
continental United States.
May 31, 2006
Updates to the Central
Office Pictures and to the Links
April 28, 2006
Added new Automated
Intercept System recording from Wawina, MN. If you reach this
recording, ask your mother to help you!
March 28, 2006
TONS of new sounds added to the modern sounds
pages (see list below).
March 21, 2006
In preparation for adding new sounds, I decided to
remodel the Modern Sounds pages a bit. I removed the Local Sounds
section and Bell Atlantic/Verizon section, replacing them with
Intercept Recordings and
Pittsburgh Telephone Company Recordings.
March 18, 2006
Added Area Code 423 (Tennessee) and 706 (Georgia) to
Central Office Pictures.
March 13, 2006
Added new entry to Area Code 724
Central Office Pictures.
Added Area Code 304 and Area Code 814 to Central Office pictures.
February 24, 2006
New Section: Telephone
Telephone switching systems was
originally covered in the Telephone Network section, but now has a
new and expanded section that discusses the background and history
of telephone switching systems in depth.
February 1, 2006
Updated section: Pictures
of Western Electric phones
January 30, 2006
New section: Pictures
of Automatic Electric phones
January 27, 2006
Lots of changes and additions to the site.
Central Office Pictures
Sections that will be updated soon: Telephone
Pictures, Telephone Sounds, Telephone Network.
January 23, 2006
Launched a new section of the website - Pictures
of telephone central office buildings.
November 9, 2005
Added new Other Long Distance Company
Operator Services Platform Sounds & Recordings page, adding
several sounds to this new page.
November 8, 2005
Added more sounds to the following:
Area Code page, AT&T OSPS page, Long Distance Company
November 7, 2005
Small cleanup and fixes on a few pages. Added new
sounds to the following pages: General Long Distance page, Misc
modern sounds page, AT&T General Error page, AT&T OSPS page,
Misc sounds & recordings page.
August 16, 2005
Small cleanup on a couple of pages. Added new sound
to the Time/Temp/Weather page.
July 12, 2005
Worked on the Telephone Network section today and
divided up the local central office page to two pages - the
local central office page and the
local central office page. Also made substantial updates and
corrections to the information on both pages.
July 8, 2005
Added CenturyTel and Commonwealth Telephone Company
to links page.
June 28, 2005
Communications section to Telephone World.
June 25, 2005
Added new photos to the modern payphone page (Bell
logos, GTE phones, Charge-A-Call phone).
June 12, 2005
Added audio of a TOPS based ACTS call to the ACTS
June 4, 2005
Added Mark Cuccia's audio commentary on the history
of the Number 4 Crossbar (#4XB) tandem switch.
June 1, 2005
Remodeling of Telephone World website
is complete. Some cleanup and error fixing.
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