The Home: By the Numbers

For a businessman in Trenton who wants to call the Western Electric Co. in Manhattan—but doesn't know the number—it is about as easy as falling off a logarithm: first he dials 2125551212 (Information in Manhattan), then 2125712345 for Western Electric. If he is lucky he won't have to give an extension number for the man he wants to talk to; if he is luckier, he can still remember why he was calling in the first place.

This numerologicl nightmare is only a foretaste of what the future holds for dialers when the Bell...

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