Centerville, Iowa phone directory cover, 1972

Telephones

The cover of the 1972 telephone directory for the southern Iowa city of Centerville. Note the number of exchanges included. Also note the time and temperature number written on the cover by my mother, noting the need to dial only the last five digits of the local phone number. (Don't try to dial it now...it has changed!)

In Moulton, served by the Farmers Mutual Telephone Cooperative, you only had to dial the last four digits.

Other Pages

These scans are rather large (around 65-85K). I have tried to compress them to reduce their size while still maintaining legibility.

Other Phone Stuff

Mark Roberts
Oakland, California
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