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Railroad Telephone Directories

December 1st, 2004

Though most commonly associated with telegraphy, the railroads were also early adopters of telephone equipment. In fact, the New Haven operated its own telephone network which connected to public systems at various points such as Boston and New York City. Over the years the New Haven issued its own telephone directories, which listed the internal and external telephone numbers for key people, offices, stations, towers, yards, engine terminals, shops, and other facilities across the railroad. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Early Telephone Directory Here's a New Haven Railroad telephone directory from the 1930s/1940s era. It is in the form of a soft cover loose-leaf binder secured with brass paper fasteners to allow for pages to be swapped in and out. This particular railroad telephone directory is interesting in that not only does it include lists of names, departments, locations, and their corresponding telephone numbers, but it also includes technical information about the New Haven's telephony network as it was at that time. This particular telephone directory was apparently issued in or around 1935 and was kept up-to-date via revision sheets through 1942. 
Here's a New Haven telephone directory from the 1950s era. This example is in the form of a hard cover six ring binder. The lettering on the dark green cover was originally a metallic gold ink, which has faded badly over the years. This particular telephone directory was apparently issued sometime during the 1950s (many numbers from Readville are included) but was kept up-to-date at least through 1962.  1950s Telephone Directory
1960s Telephone Directory During its final decade the New Haven issued soft cover telephone directories which were in the form of a six-ring binder. This particular example was issued during the mid 1960s and was kept up-to-date through the time of the Penn Central takeover. It is interesting to note that even in the latter half of the 1950s and through the 1960s the McGinnis NH logo and red-orange, black, and white corporate color scheme did not (apparently) make their way onto the covers of New Haven telephone directories.
Although it is not a telephone directory, this item is certainly telephone related and thus warrants inclusion here. It's a user's manual for the New Haven's new (mid 1960s) Centrex telephone system. Centrex Manual


November 2004: Dining Car Department Manuals

October 2004: New Haven Railroad Gate Signs

September 2004: Freight Station Signs

August 2004: Early Menu Covers

July 2004: Menu Covers of the 1930s Era

June 2004: Menu Covers of the 1940s Era

May 2004: The "Photomatic" Photo Machines

April 2004: Menu Covers of the 1960s Era

March 2004: Menu Covers of the 1950s Era

February 2004: Fun On The Train

January 2004: Travel Folders #7

December 2003: Travel Folders #6

November 2003: Travel Folders #5

October 2003: Travel Folders #4

September 2003: Travel Folders #3

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July 2003: Travel Folders #1

June 2003: The Berkshire Line

May 2003: Small Rectangular Travel Folders

April 2003: Football Trains

March 2003: Children's Dining Car Menus

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January 2003: Odds and Ends #6

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August 2002: Odds and Ends #5

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June 2002: Odds and Ends #3

May 2002: Odds and Ends #2

April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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