Almost-forgotten Manhattan phone exchanges

Tucked among the battered old store signs in Chinatown are a few faded but still readable gems like this one. It sports the old-school phone exchange WO—for nearby Worth Street:

An Ephemeral reader sent in this 1980s business card, featuring the old BR exchange for Bryant Park:

Modern Leather Goods has been in business since 1939, but a quick look at their website shows that they have a new phone number.

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3 Responses to “Almost-forgotten Manhattan phone exchanges”

  1. 2010 Calendars Says:

    what’s the extra 4 at the end for on the business card? an extension?

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    That’s my guess. I picture a heavy black rotary phone with tabs at the bottom lighting up….

  3. andyinsdca Says:

    The -4 indicates that they have 2 phone numbers/lines, BR9-3263 and BR9-3264.

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