Faifax 1664, 1929

Something interesting happened soon after the offices of the Rice Institute moved to the Esperson Building (seen recently here). We got our first dial telephone!

I love the huffy tone of this letter but I do wonder why we needed an unlisted phone number.

Bonus: Inauguration prep! Since Covid we’ve gone several years without commencement prep so the cleanup is really needed.

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5 Responses to Faifax 1664, 1929

  1. Galloway Hudson (Wiess '60) says:

    I arrived on campus in 1956, when letter prefixes were still being used. My recollection is that FA stood for Fannin. If so, it was changed somewhere along the line. As I recall, Rice’s Main Street telephone number was JAckson something.

    • grungy1973 says:

      Rice had many of the JAckson 7 4xxx numbers.
      I found it odd that many of the remaining 4xxx numbers were assigned to the Memorial City Mall Sears store.
      No phone frame closer?
      The many mysteries of TPC/Ma Bell.

  2. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    I wish you’d fix the headline.

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