Charlotte telephone exchanges after September 9, 1956

Charlotte telephone exchanges after September 9, 1956



On September 9, 1956 a new telephone directory became effective, and the EMerson 6 exchange began service. It is not clear whether 2 letter + 5 digit numbers 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 header on this page if I find out otherwise.

It should be noted that, 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.

Since all the exchange names at the beginning of the late dial period began with a letter that corresponds to the digit "3," it would be possible that all the exchanges were changed from 2 letter + 4 digit to 2 letter + 5 digit numbers by prefixing a 3, a system similar to what was done in Portland, Oregon. However, this is simply speculation.

Because the number of exchanges is so small, instead of having three pages, each with a different table, all the tables are put together on this page. In addition the alphabetical order by exchange name would be identical to that by the first two letters plus the office number, so these tables are combined into one.

Alphabetical list of Charlotte exchanges

In the following table, the column listed “Exchange” shows the name and office number of each exchange used in Charlotte during the period when exchanges were dialed as 2 letters and 5 numbers. While the information comes from only two sources, one of those reflects the start of 2 letter + 5 number dialing and one was at the start of all-number calling, so it is likely that any 2 letter + 5 number exchange used in Charlotte was included. (While this would not be true for a larger city, because new exchanges started after the beginning of 2 letter + 5 number calling might have been discontinued before the start of all-number calling, the small number of exchanges in Charlotte suggests that there were no exchanges of that nature.) The entries are ordered strictly alphabetically, so that “EXpress 2” precedes “FRanklin 5” even though the former is dialed as 392 and the latter as 375.

In the column headed “Numeric value” is given the three-digit equivalent of the exchange. Clicking on that number will send you to the corresponding entry in the table in which the exchanges are ordered by those numeric values.

The entries in the column headed “Start of service” are of several kinds:

  1. When the exact date of the start of service is known, this appears. This is the case for only one exchange at present.
  2. When the date of the start of service is not known, but it is known that the exchange existed prior to a given date and apparently the exchange is a carryover from the earlier 2 letter + 4 digit dialing period, the prefix “Pre-” and a date appears.
  3. When the date of the start of service is not known, but it is known that the exchange began service after a given date, the prefix “Post-” and a date appears.

The entries in the column headed “Subsequently” are of two kinds:

  1. When the exact date of the end of service is known, this appears. This is actually the case for none of the listed exchanges at present, but will possibly be the case in the future on this site.
  2. If the exchange continued until all-number calling was instituted, the notation “ANC” appears.

In the “Notes” column, if the phrase “Used in” is found, it means that the exchange was not used in Charlotte proper, but in one of the nearby smaller communities. The absence of that note probably, but not certainly for all exchanges, implies that the exchange was used in Charlotte proper.

Exchange Two letters + digit Numeric value Start of service Subsequently Notes
ED ison 2 ED 2 332 Pre-September 9, 1956 ANC
3 ED 3 333 Pre-September 9, 1956 ANC
4 ED 4 334 Pre-September 9, 1956 ANC
EM erson 6 EM 6 366 September 9, 1956 AMC
EX press 2 EX 2 392 Pre-September 9, 1956 ANC
9 EX 9 399 Pre-September 9, 1956 ANC
FR anklin 5 FR 5 375 Pre-September 9, 1956 ANC
6 FR 6 376 Pre-September 9, 1956 ANC
7 FR 7 377 Pre-September 9, 1956 ANC
JA ckson unknown JA unknown unknown Post-September 9, 1956 ANC
KE ystone 7 KE 7 537 Post-September 9, 1956 ANC
LI berty unknown LI unknown unknown Post-September 9, 1956 ANC Used in Mint Hill
LY ric 6 LY 6 596 Post-September 9, 1956 Apparently unofficial. ANC was already in place but the name LYric was used, even by tenephone personnel.
TA lmadge unknown TA unknown unknown Post-September 9, 1956 ANC Used in Belmont
TR inity unknown TR unknown unknown Post-September 9, 1956
TW inoaks unknown TW unknown unknown Post-September 9, 1956 ANC Used in Davidson
VA lley unknown VA unknown unknown Post-September 9, 1956 ANC Used in Pineville
VI ctoria unknown VI unknown unknown Post-September 9, 1956 ANC Used in Matthews

Numerical list of Charlotte exchanges


It should be noted that unless the full exchange name including office numeral is known, the exchange is omitted from this table.
Numeric value Exchange name Notes
332 ED ison 2
333 ED ison 3
334 ED ison 4
366 EM erson 6
375 FR anklin 5
376 FR anklin 6
377 FR anklin 7
392 EX press 2
399 EX press 9
537 KE ystone 7
596 LY ric 6

Charlotte:
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Chronological periods of Charlotte data:
Pre-dial period Early dial period Late dial period

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