Thought you'd get a kick out of this photo, circa 1952, of what is now prime East Village real estate.

I think the telephone prefix "F", stands for Franklin. It just jumped right into my head – Judy Drake Williams ‘60

My dad also worked downtown – the F stood for Franklin --
Barbara Bright Wilder ’62

The "F" stood for "Franklin." – Jim Smith ’63

The F stood for the phone prefix Franklin, which became Belmont. Our number was Franklin-2624 in the ‘40s and early ‘50s and it's the first number my mom made me memorize. It changed to Franklin 9-2624, then Belmont 9-2624. We lived at 3190 Grape St –
Gary Morris ‘61

F=Franklin. My family's phone number in North Park was F-6842 --
Lela Kerth Schlitz ‘60

In regard to the "Franklin" phone number that later became "Belmont" and then, finally all numbers, maybe "Franklin" and "Belmont" had different rules but I have this memory: Our phone number at Spartan Drive was Randolph followed, if I remember right by a single digit and then 4 digits, just like the Franklin number recently discussed. Here is the difference: When the Randolph numbers were changed the ENTIRE NUMBER was changed to all different numbers. I don't remember the old Randolph number except that the 4-digit part of the number started with a 6. Randolph became JUniper. The phone company made a big deal about it, and the phone didn't work for a few hours on one heavily-advertised day, while they made the change. So our Randolph with just an R changed to JUniper with a JU, and all the numbers were changed, in our case, it was JU-2 and then the next digit was a 3, not a 6. Later, of course, it was 582 followed by a 3 and then 3 more digits. So in your example someone speculates that the Franklin number changed to BElmont and all the other digits remained the same. I strongly suspect that is not the case unless the switch over of technology differed from one area to another. I think all the numbers changed completely when the exchange names were changed so they could use the first 2 letters in the phone number --
Keith Ballantine ‘62

(Our phone number stayed the same. It began as Talbot 9102, or T-9102. It became Atwater 9102, or AT-9102, then AT1-9102 or 281-9102 – John Fry)

San Diego High School telephone exchanges in the Good Ol’ Days –
John Watt ‘68

Point Loma:
Academy 224-
San Diego: Belmont and Cypress 234- and 298-
Hoover: Atwater (even earlier was Randolph) 284-
Crawford: Juniper 583-
Helix: Hopkins 462-

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