What's New


On occasion (or when we have time), we will add or change something here at Telephone World. Here is a listing of significant changes.

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 - www.evan-doorbell.com

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 www.phworld.org

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 & Temperature page.

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 office pictures.

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". Click here 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 this time.

June 23, 2006

New section to the Sounds page - Sounds of 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 page.

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 Automated Intercept Recordings, Centralized Intercept Recordings and North 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 Switching Systems

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.

New section: North Pittsburgh Telephone Company

Updated Section: Pay Telephones

Updated Section: Central Office Pictures

Sections that will be updated soon: Telephone Pictures, Telephone Sounds, Telephone Network.

Stay tuned!

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 Verification page.

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 modern local central office page and the vintage 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

Added the Museum of 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 page.

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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