Exchanges in the city of Charlotte, N. C.

The history of the telephone exchange names in Charlotte, as in most significant United States cities, can be divided into three periods:

  1. The pre-dial period, when all telephone calls were completed by manual action by operators, and there were no constraints on exchange names other than that there was no likelihood of confusion when a customer gave the name to the operator,
  2. The early dial period, in which the Charlotte telephone numbers were set up to accommodate dialing the first two letters of an exchange name followed by a four-digit number designating the individual line, though in fact not all exchanges provided for dialing by the phones in those exchanges, and
  3. The late dial period, in which, instead of the first two letters of an exchange name alone, one dialed the first two letters and an "office number" (This was the terminology used in an early New York City directory, though it was not common terminology in this period), again followed by four digits designating the individual line.

At this time, I have no information about the Charlotte exchanges in the pre-dial period or the early dial period, and only limited information about the late dial period, mostly derived from one directory, so the data on this site are very limited and incomplete. To access this information click here.

It should be noted that on September 9, 1956 a new telephone directory became effective, and the EMerson 6 exchange began service. It is not clear whether the late dial period also started on that date (the directory seems to imply that all numbers were changed on that date), and so I will assume that this was the start but will change the information on these pages to reflect this if I find out otherwise. (While links to the pre-dial and early dial periods are provided, they will not provide any data at present; they are only here for future use.)

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Last modified February 21, 2015.

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