Video: the world's oldest telephone book

Phoneboookokoko Last year, Christie's auctioned off the world's oldest telephone book. It's from 1878 and features both a residential directory and a "yellow pages." It's only 40 pages and doesn't contain a single telephone number, just the names of those who have service. IEEE Spectrum has a fun little video about the 1878 New Haven Telephone Directory.


  1. If you ever get to Baddeck Nova Scotia go to the Alexander Graham bell Museum, it is worth a visit.
    They have early telephones from the first exchange in Canada, set up near Brantford, Oontario.
    The phone number was ‘6’, displayed on the dial.

  2. City directories gave people’s addresses. They go back to the 1800s. The telephone book was an outgrowth.

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