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Old Telephone Exchange Names
Los Angeles County

In 1958, due to increased consumer demand for individual telephone numbers, the telephone company began phasing out old exchange names for all numeric telephone numbers or "All Number Calling" (pretty much gone by 1963). These old exchange names are remembered in Glenn Millerís song PEnnsylvania 6-5000, and Elizabeth Taylorís movie BUtterfield-8. Below is a list of numbers for Los Angeles County gleaned from exchange names collected by the Telephone EXchange Name Project and submissions offered by visitors to the Los Angeles Almanac. The list is not exhaustive. We will add new exchanges when we come across them (or you tell us about them).

City

Exchange Letters

Exchange Name

Number

Arcadia/Sierra Madre

EL

Elgin

35

Bellflower

ME

MEtcalf

63

Bellflower

TO

TOrrey

86

Beverly Hills

BR

BRadshaw

27

Beverly Hills and/or Los Angeles

CR

CRestview

27

Beverly Hills / Los Angeles

CR

CRestwood

27

Beverly Hills / Los Angeles

OL

OLeander

65

Burbank

TH

THornton or THorndike

84

Burbank

TH

THorndike or THornton

84

Burbank / Los Angeles

TH

THornwall

84

Burbank

TH2

THornwall

842

Burbank

VI

VIctoria

849

Canoga Park / Woodland Hills

DI

DIamond

34

Compton / Gardena / Los Angeles

DA

DAvis

32

Compton

ME

MEtcalf

63

Culver City / Los Angeles

VE

VErmont

83

Downtown Los Angeles

TR

TRinity

87

Eagle Rock

AL

ALbany

25

City

Exchange Letters

Exchange Name

Number

East Los Angeles

AN

ANgelus

26

El Monte

GI

GIlbert

44

El Segundo / Los Angeles

EA

EAstgate

32

Gardena / Compton / Los Angeles

DA

DAvis

32

Gardena / Los Angeles

FA

FAculty

32

Glendale

CI2

CItrus

24

Hollywood

HO

HOllywood

46

Hollywood

MA

MAdison

62

Huntington Park

MA

MAdison

62

Huntington Park / Los Angeles

LU

LUdlow

58

Inglewood

OS

OSborne

67

Inglewood / Westchester

OR

ORchard

67

La Puente

ED

EDison

33

La Puente

ED

EFgewood

33

Lancaster

WH

WHitehall

94

Lomita

DA

DAkota

32

Lomita / Los Angeles

DA

DAvenport

32

City

Exchange Letters

Exchange Name

Number

Long Beach

GA

GArfield

42

Long Beach

NE

NEwmark

63

Los Angeles

CA

CApitol

22

Los Angeles

AD

ADams

23

Los Angeles

CL

CLeveland

25

Los Angeles

VA

VAndike

82

Los Angeles / Downtown

CL

CLinton

25

Los Angeles / Downtown

MI

MIchigan

64

Los Angeles / Beverly Hills

CR

CRestwood

27

Los Angeles and/or Beverly Hills

CR

CRestview

27

Los Angeles

BR

BRadshaw

27

Los Angeles (South LA, Crenshaw, Leimert Park)

AX

AXminister

29

Los Angeles / Lomita

DA

DAvenport

32

Los Angeles / Compton / Gardena

DA

DAvis

32

Los Angeles / El Segundo

EA

EAstgate

32

Los Angeles / Gardena

FA

FAculty

32

Los Angeles

DU

DUnkirk

38

Los Angeles

EX

EXbrook

39

City

Exchange Letters

Exchange Name

Number

Los Angeles

EX

EXMONT

39

Los Angeles

GL

GLadstone

45

Los Angeles

HO

HOllywood

46

Los Angeles / Westwood Area

GR

GRanite

47

Los Angeles

HU

HUbbard

48

Los Angeles

LO

LOrain

56

Los Angeles / Huntington Park

LU

LUdlow

58

Los Angeles

MA

MAdison

62

Los Angeles / Wilmington

NE

NEvada

63

Los Angeles

NE

NEwmark

63

Los Angeles / Beverly Hills

OL

OLeander

65

Los Angeles

NO

NOrmandy

66

Los Angeles / Westchester / Inglewood

OR

ORchard

67

Los Angeles

RA

RAymond

72

Los Angeles (Adams District)

RE

REpublic

73

Los Angeles

RI

RIchmond

74

City

Exchange Letters

Exchange Name

Number

Los Angeles

PL

PLeasant

75

Los Angeles / North Hollywood

PO

POplar

76

Compton

SP

SPruce

77

Los Angeles / Van Nuys / Sherman Oaks

ST

STate

78

Los Angeles / North Hollywood

ST

STtanley

78

Los Angeles / North Hollywood

SU

SUnset

78

Los Angeles

UC?

UCLA?

82

Los Angeles (San Pedro & parts of Terminal Island)

TE

TErminal

83

Los Angeles / Culver City

VE

VErmont

83

Los Angeles / Burbank

TH

THornwall

84

Los Angeles

WE

WEbster

93

Los Angeles

RI

RIchmond 9

749

Los Angeles / Downtown

CL

CLinton

25

Los Angeles / Hancock Park area

YO

YOrk

96

Montebello

PA

PArkview

72?

Mount Wilson

HI

HIghland

44

North Hollywood / Los Angeles

PO

POplar

76

North Hollywood / Los Angeles

ST

STtanley

78

North Hollywood / Los Angeles

SU

SUnset

78

Northridge

NI

unknown name

34

City

Exchange Letters

Exchange Name

Number

Norwalk

UN

UNion

86

Pacific Palisades

GL

GLadstone

45

Pasadena

MU

MUrray

68

Pasadena

SY

SYcamore

79

Pico Rivera

OX

OXford

69

Redondo Beach

FR

Frontier

37

Reseda

DI

DIckens

34

Rosemead

AT

ATlantic

28

San Dimas

LY

LYcoming

59

San Fernando / Granada Hills / Los Angeles

EM

EMpire

36

San Pedro & parts of Terminal Island

TE

TErminal

83

Sherman Oaks / Los Angeles / Van Nuys

ST

STate

78

Sierra Madre/Arcadia

EL

Elgin

35

Torrance

DA

DAvis

32

Torrance

FR

FRontier

37

Van Nuys / Los Angeles / Sherman Oaks

ST

STate

78

West Covina

ED

EDgewood

33

Westchester / Inglewood

OR

ORchard

67

City

Exchange Letters

Exchange Name

Number

Westwood

CL

CLearbrook

25

Whittier

OW

OWen

69

Whittier

OX

OXbow

69

Wilmington / Los Angeles

NE

NEvada

63

Source: Telephone EXchange Name Project

 

 

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