1950's phone book
1950's phone book
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 21, 2009 09:38PM

Does anybody have a Chicago phone book from the 1950's

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: adgorn (---.dsl.emhril.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 21, 2009 10:33PM

Did you try the library downtown? Probably need to be specific about the year.

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 22, 2009 09:41PM

I was hoping someone may have one who could look up an address for me.

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Serhii (Moderator)
Date: May 13, 2009 02:29AM

Richard, what is the address?

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 13, 2009 03:10PM

The name is Peterson or Petersen The address is in the 800 block of west 33rd street or 33rd place.

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Rustymuscle (---.lightspeed.elgnil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: October 01, 2010 07:08PM

I scanned a 1951 phone book. Lots of variations of Peterson, but none on 33rd.

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: October 01, 2010 10:29PM

[b]Thanks so much for your time and effort.[/b]

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: October 01, 2010 11:04PM

[b]Could you look up my old phone number? Stachowski 5042 s. wolcott[/b]

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Rustymuscle (---.lightspeed.elgnil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: October 02, 2010 12:21PM

Richard,

In the 1951 phone book, no Stachowskis on Wolcott. There are listings for Bruno, Frank, 2 Johns, Julian, 2 Marys, Stanley and Theresa.

In the 1967 phone book, Daniel Stachowski, 5042 S. Wolcott, RE 7-9382

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: October 02, 2010 05:30PM

Thanks that's the one we had since the 50's untilabout 1975.

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: PKDickman (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 17, 2011 02:10PM

Rustymuscle Wrote:
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> I scanned a 1951 phone book. Lots of variations of
> Peterson, but none on 33rd.

Rusty,
Could you do me a favor and look up the businesses at 1630-32 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the phone book.

Paul K. Dickman

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: PKDickman (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 17, 2011 02:25PM

PKDickman Wrote:
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> Rustymuscle Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > I scanned a 1951 phone book. Lots of variations
> of
> > Peterson, but none on 33rd.
>
> Rusty,
> Could you do me a favor and look up the businesses
> at 1630-32 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the phone book.
>
> Paul K. Dickman


I take that back. I had criss-cross directory in my brain.
It would be too tough to look up an address in a regular directory.
Never mind.

Paul K. Dickman

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: May 17, 2011 08:15PM

[b]Petersen I was looking for was on the 800 block west of Halsted and could be 33rd pl. [/b]

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Chipast (---.dsl.chcgil.ameritech.net)
Date: June 07, 2011 10:43PM

It somehow looks like your old home at S.Wolcott no longer exists. I wonder if it was demolished because of a fire in later years or just plain, unfeeling eminent domain??????.

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Richard Stachowski (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 08, 2011 02:14AM

[b]The whole block was taken down to build a grade school.[/b]

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Bruce Kelleher (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: November 06, 2011 04:47PM

Would love to get a list of folks who lived in the 4200 - 4400 blocks of Pittsburgh Ave. in the late 40s/early 50s. It was a temporary housing for WWII vets. Consisted of barracks & quoset buildings. Also Plainfield Ave. Same addresses.

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Bruce Kelleher (---.dsl.chcgil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: March 26, 2012 04:44PM

The Chicago History Museum says in the webpage that they have a 1950 criss-cross directory

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: RegularGuy55 (---.hsd1.il.comcast.net)
Date: April 25, 2012 02:16PM

This site isn't an archive of old phone books, but it does list all the old phone exchange names from back in the day when your number was BIshop7-2447, or HUdson3-2700.

http://ourwebhome.com/TENP/TENproject.html

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: Rustymuscle (---.lightspeed.elgnil.sbcglobal.net)
Date: April 25, 2012 02:39PM

It's tough dating information based on a phone number. AT&T began to convert letter/number prefixes in Chicago in the late 1950s, but the project wasn't complete until the 1970s. Additionally, other phone companies converted at different dates, so the information is all over the map.

One last thing. Non dial to dial conversion further complicates the issue. Not all central offices (Chicago proper and suburbs) converted to dial at the same time, so some could still be using a non dial phone while others converted to dial. The Western suburbs began conversion to dial in the 1950s but the last western suburbs (far west) didn't convert until the early 1960s.

BTW, this website has a nice discussion of prefixes.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/25/2012 02:45PM by Rustymuscle.

Re: 1950's phone book
Posted by: wrightej (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: April 25, 2012 02:53PM

I am looking for the exact address of a tavern called Pat Flaherty and Swede's Lounge. It operated in the mid 50's around the Irving Park Rd and Kedzie area.

Any other information would be greatly appreciated.

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