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Brunel wrote: How old is it? It doesn't look that old as it has a full LS postcode but a pre-STD phone number, so between about 1968 and 1990. From the typeface and printing I'd say late 70s - early 80s.

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simong wrote: Brunel wrote: How old is it? It doesn't look that old as it has a full LS postcode but a pre-STD phone number, so between about 1968 and 1990. From the typeface and printing I'd say late 70s - early 80s. I was just going to post a very similar response. The packaging has a 6-digit Leeds phone number on and they only came into regular use in the mid / late 70's (it was quite common to see business premises with the additional digit squeezed onto an existing sign well into the 80's - Alstan Garage on York Street springs to mind as a prime example). As an aside, if anyone can confirm when the six digit numbers came into use in Leeds I'd be interested to know as I can't find anything about it on Google.
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Hi raveydavey,When I was a child, I lived in Woodhouse and until 1958 our telephone number was 23029. In 1958, we moved to a brand new house in the Moseley Woods, at Cookridge, and the number was 672051. I joined the Leeds City Police in 1965 and the number was 35353 so the five figure numbers and the six figure numbers must have existed together. In 1969, I moved to Oulton and we had a four figure number but it changed to a six figure number in the early 1970's by placing 82 at the beginning. I moved to Otley in 1977 and the number had four figures but after a few years it went to a six figure number by placing 46 at the beginning. I think that the four figure numbers went to six figure numbers by adding the local area codes to the original number. Obviously, the national area codes have changed a few times, e.g. Leeds - 0532 to 01532 to 0113. There's some stuff about it on Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_ ... KingdomIan    

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iansmithofotley wrote: Obviously, the national area codes have changed a few times, e.g. Leeds - 0532 to 01532 to 0113. There's some stuff about it on Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telephone_ ... KingdomIan     Also Ian when the brilliant STD system was invented around 1963/4 Leeds was 0LE 2
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Leeds' area code went directly from0532 to 0113. 01532 was never used.
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drapesy wrote: Leeds' area code went directly from0532 to 0113. 01532 was never used. Quite so Drapesy, at which time we also gained a '2' prefixing the existing local numbers to increase the extent of the available number range.The annoying thing was the misunderstsanding of this with people publishing their numbers to include the 2 in the area code - 01132.Many problems caused when people think an additional 2 was the also needed ( understandablry). before the remainder of the number, particularly so now that we have number ranges starting with a '3'.Sadly even BT show an ignorance here, frequently showing numbers with the 2 tacked onto the area codeAs the telephone system only recognises the first 11 digits input - scores of 'wrong numbers' are dialed     

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Post by Geordie-exile »

I'm sure I remember some shenanigans with Leeds phone numbers in the early seventies. Five figure numbers had to become six figure, and those that began with 2, you had to replace the 2 with 45. Thus 22264 would be 452264. Also, around the same time, a relative of mine in Pudsey had a five figure number beginning with 6, and a 5 had to be put in front. So instead of 62xxx it became 562xxx [and still is, albeit with the added 2 in front, after 0113].        Oh - and the Yorkshire Post went from 32701 to 432701 at that time too.    

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drapesy wrote: Leeds' area code went directly from0532 to 0113. 01532 was never used. Whilst agreeing with the above it appears to have been used in various placeshere (Donald hardy)http://www.hdtforum.co.uk/discus/messag ... 7509514and here (haywards of leeds)http://www.relderton.co.uk/links.htmand here (great northern wine co)http://www.germanbeerguide.co.uk/yorks_w.htmland here (wildlife rescue)http://www.birdforum.net/archive/index. ... 0944.htmlI have found lots more of the same,if Leeds never used that code why so many examples?Weird!        

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The bus operator Samuel Ledgard ceased to be on October 14th 1967, and before that their number at the Armley headquarters (junction Armley Road/Branch Road/Canal Road) simply had a "6" added - formerly 38661/2 and became 638661/2.
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Post by Patexpat »

due my my dad's illness, my family splashed out on our first phone back in the early 70's. It was a Pudsey number 77555, but was changed after a year or so to 577555 .... still a catchy number! And we had a dual tone green trimphone, if I remember correctly! One of the features was that its (rotary) dial glowed in the dark (I think!).

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